The Kirkland Kiwanis Club continues its focus series on the Key and Builder’s Clubs in the Kirkland community. Key Club is an international student-led organization supported by Kiwanis providing young members with opportunities to develop core values such as leadership, character building, and experience in living and working together within their schools and neighborhoods.
Students perform acts of service in the community, such as park clean up, food drives, fundraising, and volunteer support to Kiwanis Club projects. They learn leadership and social skills by organizing and running meetings, planning projects, and hold elected leadership positions within their club.
The Key Club at Lake Washington High School (LWHS), organized more than 25 years ago, currently has over 90 members. Its President, Schyler Duryee, is well supported by her fellow officers and the other members of the club. Mark Shinstrom has been the LWHS Key Club advisor for 26 years. Carol Pulliam has recently joined him as advisor. Mark and Carol are both graduates from LWHS, and each has a long history with Kiwanis.
This club is already very active this school year. They have completed a canned food drive for Hopelink; they are making blankets for Children’s Hospital; trick-or-treating on Halloween for UNICEF; and will be assisting with park clean up at Everest Park on November 2nd. They also collect change for the “Pennies for Patients” program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and are excited to be part of the “Trauma Dolls” program for Children’s Hospital. LWHS Key Club also supports Kiwanis Club activities in Kirkland, including the annual Christmas Tree Lot, Memorial Weekend Pancake Breakfast for KITH, the 4th of July Parade and Easter Egg Hunt.
Key Club members are leadership and philanthropy minded youth who take these skills with them into adulthood. If you are interested in learning more about the Kiwanis Key Clubs or Builder’s Clubs in your area please visit the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Website at Kirkland.kiwanis.org or contact your local middle school or high school for more information.