FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Close to 200 high school students from Franklin and the surrounding area gathered at Piscataway High School on Sunday afternoon to play a charity volley ball game. The purpose was to help “spike out hunger” in the area by donating all proceeds to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Students registered volley ball teams and were asked to bring either $5 or $3 with 2 canned goods for a donation. There was also a concession stand set up to help raise money for the event, over $850 was earmed. Even though the Franklin-Somerset Kiwanis club assisted with hosting the event, almost all of the coordination was done by local Key Clubs. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis members have dedicated over 18 million volunteer hours and invested millions of dollars for projects that help strengthen communities. "It is about doing everything we can to serve the children in our community," said Donna Fuhr president of Kiwanis Franklin-Somerset. Key Clubs assists Kiwanis in carrying out their mission, while providing high school students with valuable leadership skills. "I have always wanted do anything I can to serve my community, I have always been involved in my church youth group,” said Luke McGeown district governor of Key Club New Jersey. "Finding out about Key Club and discovering there are over 13,000 people in New Jersey already actively serving in their community presented an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
Rohan Mekaln and Eileen Zhu, both of whom are Key Club leutenant governors helped organize the event by securing the location, designing the decorations and everything else in between. “Me and Rohan decided to partner up, because we both work well together,” said Zhu. “Every team get’s to play at least four games, so they will get their money’s worth.” There were three courts where 18 teams played against each other in hopes to become the champion to advance to a district event in February. “We are looking for people with good character, that want to make their community a better place,” said Mitch Fuhr Kiwanis advisor for Franklin - Somerset.
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