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Two Teens Contribute to Key Club

March, 16 2015
— Ion (FLEX, Moldova), hosted by the Basham family (AK), and Natalie (YES, Ghana), hosted by the Marks family (WI). Ion provides a rough approximation of where he volunteers, while Natalie (center) takes a break

“Volunteering loses its value when we do not know how serviceable and kind we are being to society through our actions,” says Nata- lie from Ghana. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student joined the Key Club at her Wisconsin high school and has since “experienced a much greater joy in assisting to put smiles on the faces of people.”

The most impactful project in Natalie’s eyes has been “raising $200 and collecting presents to support the homeless in collaboration with the Angel Tree Program.” Within the scope of this project, she helped to wrap “tons of gifts” to raise funds and donations at the local Walmart. She notes that, “It was really fun singing on live radio with my friends, who were also there to give a helping hand with Berlin’s Wisconsin Radio, which gave full radio coverage of the program.”

Further north, Ion, a Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program student from Moldova who is being hosted in Alaska, has also become a Key Clubber. His favorite activity so far was preparing blankets for the local animal shelter. While not an official motto of the club, his message is, “Let’s help our four-legged friends too!”

Both students have learned a great deal about the value (and fun) of giving back and eagerly await the next big project!

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