Banning High School honors Key Club achievers

Pictured: Aurora Flores, Alexis Martinez, Esmeralda Rodriquez, Heli Trejo, Rodrigo Siscarios, Damien Mendoza, Omera Mitchell, and Alani Orta, Richard Krick (second from left) and Debbie Franklin of Banning Kiwanis.

What do our students do when they are not eating, sleeping, working on their phones? At the senior award ceremony for Banning High School on May 24, we learned that they study and excel in many academic areas.

In addition, after they study and do extracurricular activities such as sports, band, and art, they serve our community by donating many hours of community service. Banning High’s Key Club, sponsored by Banning Kiwanis, has two main goals, leadership and service.

The students elect their officers in the spring of each year to lead the club. They are responsible for completing all tasks, running their meetings, and submitting all notifications to the regional leaders. Then they get down to the business of community service. They volunteer in many projects, at least 10 per year, for such things as beach clean ups, Halloween fest, Carol’s Kitchen, filling back packs, making and distributing valentines to residents in our medical and assisted living facilities, filling and hiding Easter eggs, and being elves for Santa during the Christmas season. Whatever they are asked to do, the students do it with a smile, logging in hundreds of hours every year. Students who complete 28 hours in their senior year earn a Key Club medal to wear at graduation and the officers wear blue sashes.

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