Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Key Club and Aloha Ainas

The Black and Gold 1975

Kiwanis Sponsored Clubs Attain Recognition with Community Service

As the oldest and one of the most active clubs on campus, the Kiwanis Club sponsored KEY CLUB strove to attain recognition as outstanding chapter of the year with various community service projects planned from the first month of the school year to the last.

October and Halloween meant selling tickets for the Miss McKinley Carnival Queen Contest, cleaning classrooms for a preschool, working with underprivileged children under a buddy program and trick-or-treating for UNICEF.

School services included a Teachers Appreciation Day, cleaning of library shelves, collection of wood for the Homecoming bonfire and campus clean-ups.

At Christmas time, Key Clubbers, rang bells for the Salvation Army, stuffed Christmas seal envelopes, and went carolling at Kuakini Old Folks Home. New Year's Day found them bright and early at the Sunshine Crater Festival. For Black and Gold Day, February 7, they took part in their most traditional and beloved task of washing the McKinley statue.

As if this wasn't enough, the boys entertained senior citizens and took part in the carnival cooking hundreds of chickens for the huli-huli plate lunch and sale. Throughout all these activities was a young and vibrant adviser, Mrs. Rene Takahashi, working quietly in the background.

The ALOHA AINAS, along with their devoted adviser Miss Gayle Sykes attempted to achieve their goal of doing one service project each month.

Female counterpart of the Key Club, the girls served as usherettes for school programs and events, purchased turkey dinners for two fire-stricken families, created valentines decorations for a nursing home, and manned the saimin booth at the annual MHS carnival. They also participated in the March of Dimes Walk-a-thon.

The club worked as aides at the Island Nursing Home where they learned how to feed and care for patients and also taught them how to do crafts; just some of their many activities that molded their club functions.

McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

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