Key Club Encourages Civic Engagement

By Carlos Gomez ’19

Key Club continued their samaritan actions in the month of April by doing service actions in the Gowanus Canal Conservatory, 12th annual Mitzvah Day event, the March of Dimes, and “The Design on a Dime.” The students were able to obtain a total of 207 hours of community service.

On Saturday, April 14, students attended the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and  the members planted, weeded, and aided in other steward activities. The members volunteered a total of 13 hours.

Key Club member Vivian Chong ’20 said, “I had a lot of fun at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy event. In all honesty, all I did was scrape loose paint chips off a fence in the blazing heat. However, I’m still glad that I was able to help conserve such a wonderful park and make it a better place for the neighborhood to be in. It was also a great way for me to bond with some of the other members who had said that this was their first event and that they were definitely going to attend more events in the future.”

On the following day, students attended the 12th Annual Mitzvah Day. Jonathan Li ’20, Flora Tsui ’18, Jennifer Lu ’20 travelled to local animal shelters, soup kitchens, and other volunteer venues in order to give back to the community. They were able to do 24 hours of community service at this event.

Jennifer Lu ’20 stated, “Mitzvah meant ‘a good deed,’ and I was really down to help out and give back to my community and plus it was a local event too, so just another reason for me to go. We lent the people there a hand and helped them walk the dogs.”

For “Design on a Dime,” students helped those in need pick out clothing at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Amanda Ng said, “I’ve never worked for customer service, so it was quite new to me. It was a great learning experience being in the shoes of a salesperson. There were a lot of different people and attitudes when it came to buying items. Overall, I really enjoyed the event, knowing that I helped raise money for a good cause!”

In the March of Dimes, students attended a charity march to fight birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The students marched a total of three miles in total.

Ryan Chen ’20 said, “It was an amazing experience to see so many young individuals come out and represent their own organizations, all to support a good cause, that being to raise awareness and to fundraise for children with birth defects. The overall mood throughout the March was very positive, and I had a great time representing Midwood throughout the event, as well as seeing other non-profit organizations from other NYC High Schools. I met many new people and would certainly look forward to an event like this in the future.”

Key Club advisor Ms. Haney said, “Watching them in action and seeing  them in the world during clean ups, doing awareness and seeing how much they get out of that is a good feeling.”

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