|The senior officers for the Central Crossing and Grove City High School Key Club meet each Tuesday at the Grove City United Methodist Church. They have combined forces to continue the clubs, despite the district’s failed levy.|
"Even though the community didn’t pull through for us, we are still pulling through for our community," said Adam Elliott, club president for the Central Crossing High School Key Club.
Elliott explained that after the South-Western City Schools District levy defeat in May, the key club members at Central Crossing and Grove City High School decided to keep the club going, despite the elimination of extracurricular activities. Every Tuesday evening, about 75 students from both high schools gather at the Grove City United Methodist Church to plan community improvement activities.
"They (the church) are letting us use the space for free. They have been nothing short of amazing," said Elliott.
Elliott said he and Grove City club president, Kaitlyn Beidelman, are trying to make sure key club members have a good experience this year, even though they cannot meet at school.
"Key club is a place where students can not only make new friends and have a fun time, but it also is essential for students to build the character that will follow them for the rest of their lives," said Elliott. "Our club gives the students hope and creates an environment where they feel appreciated."
In September, club members made trauma dolls for Children’s Hospital. They cut out doll figures from cloth then sewed two doll outlines together then stuffed them. The trauma dolls are used by doctors for children to point to the areas where they feel pain.
In early October, key club members plan to participate in a diabetes walk at COSI. They hosted two car washes to raise extra funds for the cause. Also, once a month, the clubs clean-up Big Run South Road, near Central Crossing.
Elliott said around Halloween, club participants will make blankets for local homeless shelters and raise money for UNICEF. They also plan to make turkey baskets around Thanksgiving.
"We are doing a community service, not because we have to, but because we want to," said Elliott.
When asked if the students feel anger or resentment towards the voters, Elliott said, "I don’t think, at this point, the students still feel anger towards the community or the board of education. All of the students are in grief, which is a tough process to endure.
However, we have to make the best out of what we are given and this is how we are doing it."
Elliott said meeting outside of school has not been easy and students say it’s still not the same as meeting at their home school.
"There is a completely different attitude and atmosphere, however, we are doing our best to provide an outlet for the students."
Elliott said the community service offered by the two key clubs is necessary for the students and community. He said if the November levy fails, the club will go on.
"We will continue to show voters that we won’t stop doing what we love," said Elliott. "We are in this for the long haul."