When over a hundred Malden High School students gather in the Desano cafeteria every Tuesday eager to sign up for volunteering opportunities, there is no doubt that Key Club is one of the most successful clubs MHS has to offer. Derived from helping out at both local and out of town events, club members dedicate themselves to provide assistance to those in need of it. Not only does Key Club make volunteering an enjoyable experience, but it helps students in the long run by developing leadership skills, building character, and taking on activities outside of their comfort zone.
The club is led exclusively by juniors, with President Matthew Le, Vice President Hillary Tan, Historian Michelle Chung, Treasurer Allen Liang, and Secretary Trisha Truong. So far this fall, the group has volunteered at over ten events; a majority of them were walks.
The year started with the Heartwalk which took place on Sept. 6, 2014. Volunteers handed out food and drinks for participants in the walk, cheered them on, and got everyone excited.
The club also took part in the Walk to End Diabetes, the Jimmy Fund Walk, and others alike. Besides walks, MHS Key Club lends a hand at local events in Malden, such as Family Night at the YMCA and the FOOGI Haunt Jaunt. Whatever the occasion, Key Club does it in a polite, tasteful, and enthusiastic manner.
With such a big group of members, Key Club packs a punch on the events that help out at and that number is continues to grow each year. “[The large amount of returning members] makes [him] happy to see that this many people want to continue their Key Club experience.” Three year member and now President Matthew Le observes. “As for the new members, it also makes [him] really happy because it shows that more people want to experience it as much as the [returning members] do.”
As the year goes on, MHS is looking forward to seeing Key Club continue serving the community and others with optimism and finesse. There is no stopping this club.