CEDAR LAKE | Key Club is the largest youth service organization in the world, and the Hanover Central High School's chapter is beginning its 14th year of service with a flurry of activity.
Under the leadership of President Kazimere Laurintais, Vice President Kaylee Hausier, Secretary Liz Szewczyk and Treasurer Savannah Suggs, the student group is primed to serve its school and community.
The club held its first meeting of the school year Sept. 12 and began with a moment of reflection at the site of the Hanover Central memorial honoring the four Hanover Central students and two teachers killed by a drunk driver in a 1991 accident on U.S. 41 after a volleyball match.
Club members, who were not yet born when the accident took place, learned about the tragedy that rocked the school and community. The club reviewed the site, which needs some attention, and a plan to renovate the memorial.
Members also joined the Cedar Lake Kiwanis Club at the Sept. 15 Big Dream Walk for the Dawn Brancheau Foundation. Brancheau, a native of Cedar Lake, was killed several years ago in a tragic accident while working at SeaWorld in Florida.
Proceeds from the Dream Big Walk fund scholarships and help youth and animal organizations, including the Cedar Lake Boys and Girls Club.
Last weekend, club members sponsored Kiddie Games and popcorn sales at the Hometown Fest hosted by the Cedar Lake Summerfest Committee. They also assisted Kiwanis members with the inaugural Duck Race held at Hometown Fest.
“All high school students are welcome to join Key Club. It’s a great opportunity to make a difference," Laurintais said. Annual club dues are $20, or $25 if a club shirt is ordered.
“We also have scholarship opportunities for interested students," added Key Club Adviser Mary Joan Dickson, who also serves as president of Cedar Lake Kiwanis Club.
The Key Club meets at 7:40 a.m. every Thursday during the school year in the HCHS auditorium.