LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School’s (LHS) Key Club, whose mission is to perform community service, had a productive year in 2019 and recently installed more than 200 new members to carry on the mission into 2020.
According to Key Club President Danny Hubert, the most prominent events each year for Key Club members are the Kiwanis Karnival, a Black Friday canning event that raised more than $2,000 for the New Jersey Food Bank this year and the increasingly popular Intergenerational Prom, which was recognized on a state level in 2019.
Other successful Key Club events in 2019 included a canned food drive at the Member Induction ceremony that raised 678 pounds of food as well as three annual parties hosted for the Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD). The LHS Key Club also organized smaller events last year, such as Bingo at CareOne, sports clinics, card decorating for foster children, two additional fundraisers benefitting the New Jersey Food Bank and more.
Hubert described how the Key Club benefits high school students through the organization's service and leadership philosophy.
“The Key Club presents opportunities for younger members to find their place both in the community and in the club,” said Hubert, adding that members contribute to the club, and the club enriches its members. “I feel that being the president of the Key Club has allowed me to give back to the club that has allowed me to succeed in high school. It’s been a truly amazing experience for me."
In addition to fundraising activities and organizing events for special needs individuals and senior citizens, Key Club members from different states also occasionally meet up with their counterparts from other schools to talk about their programs.
Members bond during several activities, according to Hubert, who described the sense of community within the larger Key Club community by stating that he enjoys “meeting thousands of people at the state-wide Six Flags Event (Fall Rally)” as well as “seeing the eager faces” of more than 280 dedicated members at LHS club meetings.
“It really puts a smile on my face when the whole Key Club family comes together to do kind things for the benefit of others," he said.
Hubert also said he was flattered when the Key Club board surprised him by naming him a “Distinguished President.”
“This honor meant more to me than any other award I have ever received because it came from the hearts of many of my peers, who I am thankful to work alongside every single day," he said.
Key Club members have an opportunity to continue serve beyond high school by joining the Circle-K Club, the college equivalent of Key Club. Hubert said he will be joining the Circle-K Club at whichever college he attends.
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