Westland students host library reading hour
The theme for October was pumpkins-a-plenty. Children created pumpkin masks, enjoyed snacks and listened to key club members from Westland High School read Halloween theme stories.
“Magic Key Story Hour” was hosted Oct. 15 at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St.
Story hour takes place one Saturday per month from 1-2 p.m. The next event will be Nov. 12.
“Magic Key Story Hour” provides both reading and creative crafts to children from pre-school through first grade. Themes encourage creative thinking and the development of social skills through reading.
“I like that the students all take initiative,” said Melissa Kendralla, key club advisor.
The key club was recognized for its dedication to the library event at the Key Club International Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. this summer.
During the convention the students also won third place for a project based around the theme, “Children: Their Future, Our Focus.”
Key club members are working with Threads of Hope, Inc., an organization that sells bracelets from impoverished areas of the Philippians. There is representation from several different ethnic backgrounds within the club.
“It makes service fun because we are different and we don’t just serve in our school but other communities and different people,” Melanie Ward said.
Key club members are preparing for fall rally at COSI in November. The event will allow members to connect with other key clubs throughout central Ohio. The rally provides leadership activities and service projects.
“Community service teaches you about responsibility and teamwork,” Haley Wihl said.
Westland High School Key Club is sponsored by Grove City Kiwanis and is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others.
Approximately 12 students will be trained with Nationwide Children’s Hospital for service opportunities with children in the upcoming month.
For information on Westland High School Key Club or “Magic Key Story Hour,” contact Melissa Kendralla at firstname.lastname@example.org