Key Club to hold fundraising event

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Key Club is planning a car wash on Saturday to do some summertime fundraising for their events during the year.

It will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, located at 113 S. College St. in Piqua.

“It’s just donation, there’s no charge,” said Gretchen Roeth, Kiwanis Club member and adviser for the Key Club.

Roeth explained that Key Club is a sponsored youth group of the Piqua Kiwanis Club with the aim of helping the youth in the community. According to the Key Club website, it is the oldest and largest service program for high school students.

“We also provide leadership and volunteering for the kids,” Roeth said.

Proceeds from the car wash will go to the Key Club and the different activities in which they participate and volunteer.

“They have a variety of things they do throughout the year,” Roeth said.

Roeth said that students in Key Club take part in the Clean-Up event in Piqua in the spring, work at different car shows held during the year, participate in parades, and help at the Miami County Park District.

“Once school starts, they will have quite a bit more going on,” Roeth said.

They held a training session for their officers in June, and the group also recently had two members go to Key Club International in Atlanta in early July.

For now, the kids in Key Club are continuing with meetings over the summer months.

“The kids meet monthly with other area high school key clubs,” Roeth said. “The kids just talk about projects and things they can do together.”

Ashley Ho is the lieutenant governor of the group.

In March, the PHS Key Club attended the 67th annual Ohio District Leadership Conference in Dublin, Ohio, where they received several awards. For the 2015-16 school year, Andy Mayse was named Ohio Key Club Outstanding Club Member, Jordan Booker won the Ohio Key Club Outstanding Secretary Award and Ashley Ho received the Ohio Key Club Outstanding President Award.

In addition, Key Club received third place for the Ohio Key Club Achievement Award and the Piqua Kiwanis Club was the recipient of the Excellent Sponsorship Award.

Key Club also has different programs in the other schools as well, taking the form of Builders Club in the Piqua Junior High School and K Kids in the other schools. Key Club also has two adult advisers from Kiwanis Club.

“We have a very active group of kids and an active group of adults,” Roeth said. “It’s great to see the development of leadership skills … The kids develop and learn a love of volunteering and helping other people, which hopefully will stay with them the rest of their lives.”

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336