Nearly 20 years ago, Bennett was asked to charter the Builders’ Club and Key Club, the latter had not been active prior to her arrival. Key Club’s sole purpose is helping students experience what community service is all about by giving aid to others.
Kiwanis International is the head organization that not only leads Scholars Academy’s Key Club, but also clubs in other states and in 80 other nations. The Kiwanis Club has raised millions to support communities. They are responsible for the events at which Key Club members volunteer. Key Club allows students a new path to participate in if they are not involved in a sport or fine art or academic competition.
Key Club gathers once a month, a flexible schedule for a majority of the members, to discuss important upcoming events and to decide which members will attend those events on behalf of Key Club. Not only do the students benefit through community service hours, they themselves feel the impact of their good actions throughout their volunteer works.
Benjamin Dozier feels that helping the community makes him feel like he’s made a difference.
“Even if it’s something as simple as participating in a neighborhood clean-up, volunteering makes you a better person,” said Dozier.
“To be able to give back to our community is such a great feeling. I love to help our small community in any way I get the chance to. By doing just one service project makes me feel like I've made a positive impact on our community,” said Haley Bennett.
Key Club’s sponsored events range from something as simple as filling up rose vases for the annual Thomasville Rose Show to serving at barbecue and pancake suppers and the Thomas County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.
Bennett expands on how students are introduced a new path through Key Club.
“Sports are good and I recommend sports, but I also encourage students to be a part of a service-type club, whether it’s Rotary or Key Club or another area.”
She also elaborated on the benefits of Key Club on each member’s futures.
“A service club gives students a different avenue to go down where they can do different things. When students get ready to apply for colleges or scholarships, participation in a service club is an asset to include.”