Logan, UT: On Wednesday, Green Canyon High School’s Key Club became chartered with the sponsorship of Logan Kiwanis Club. Key Club is the largest international student-led service organization which provides high school students with opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership.” To this effect, members of the presidency of Green Canyon Key Club who are all juniors, signed off with pride the charter documents in setting new standards for service at the 1,200-student school in North Logan.
“It’s empowering for me to bring this organization into my school, and to see how we can combat the negative issues of bullying, low self-esteem and poor academic performance through service,” said Key Club President Makenna Naegle. Key Club Faculty Advisor Robert Hoggan said his goal is to assist students to fulfill their dreams. “As a math teacher, I obviously want the students to excel in math which is a critical life skill, but I also want them to succeed in all other facets of life,” Hoggan said. "I see Key Club helping them to make friendships, get into college and become acquainted with members of our community. I want to be a part of that.”
Kjerity Hodgson, Key Club Secretary and Treasurer, agreed that service helps individuals change in positive ways. “Reaching out to those around you and finding ways to serve your community tends to minimize the negativity and increase the capabilities of those who serve,” Hodgson said.
"The Logan Kiwanis Club is excited to sponsor Green Canyon’s Key Club. We believe Key Club will help foster Kiwanis Club and Green Canyon High School’s ideals, and make all three organizations stronger,” said Logan Kiwanis Club President Daryl Arnell. “It is encouraging to hear these young leaders share their conviction that community service enhances their academic performance,” added Arnell. “We want all 170 Key Club members at Green Canyon High School to benefit from that.”
In his presentation as the speaker at the Kiwanis luncheon on Wednesday, Green Canyon Assistant Principal Randy Bennion discussed the strategic thinking and creativity demonstrated by Green Canyon and Skyview High School administration. Leadership of the two schools worked together at summer leadership camps and facilitated the sharing of teaching materials to ensure a win-win transition for both schools. “I am very proud of the fact that teachers at the two schools are also willing to take on each other’s students who experience scheduling conflicts," Bennion said. “All these represent the true spirit of community service.”
Green Canyon Wolves’s vision statement informs that the strength of the WOLF is the PACK, which stands for "Purpose, Attitude, Connections and Knowledge." The school is committed to assisting students find their purpose, as they make connections and gain knowledge utilizing a positive attitude.
Preston Parker, President Elect of Logan Kiwanis Club and Advisor at Green Canyon Key Club said the introduction of Key Club is expected to help students realize the school’s vision. "We look forward to the great work this new Key Club will do, and the foundation the current students are laying as an example for others to follow,” Parker said. “Their energy and desire to ‘hit the ground running’ is exciting to be a part of."
In addition to sponsoring Green Canyon’s Key Club, Logan Kiwanis Club sponsors Key Clubs at Logan High School, Mountain Crest High School, Ridgeline High School and Sky View High School. To learn more about Key Club, please visit https://www.keyclub.org.
Kiwanis is an international service club founded in 1915 in the U.S. with more than 600,000 members in its professional and youth clubs in more than 80 nations and geographic areas worldwide. Its mission is to change the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. The Logan club’s major projects include (1) support of USU Circle K, a collegiate service organization that promotes service, leadership, and fellowship, (2) establishment, mentoring, and scholarships for Kiwanis’ own Key Club, America’s oldest and largest student-led service program for teens, at Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View High Schools, (3) support of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) at Bear River Head Start in helping to turn the tide of the alarming literacy crisis in America today through strong leadership, quality content, and an active and engaged community, and (4) sponsorship of 2018 Little Bloomsbury Pioneer Street Fair and Multicultural Celebrations at Chinese Moon Festival on September 22 at 200 E Corridor.
For information on club membership or making a donation, contact Daryl Arnell at 435-881-4557, email: daryl.arnell, Preston Parker at 661-772-753, email: preston, or Richard Elwood at 435-713-1804, email: relwood.