“The SHG Key Club, under the direction of theology teacher and club moderator, Dan Wilson, rallied the entire student body, faculty and staff to gather 150 baskets filled with Thanksgiving dinner essentials and 150 turkeys for Catholic Charities to help those in need this season,” said Amanda Mandeville, director of Enrollment Management and Communications at SHG.
To add to the excitement, another charitable activity took place at St. John’s Breadline in Springfield, Mandeville said. The girls’ swim team was dispatched to unload three tons of turkey and 1.25 tons of ham at St. John’s Breadline, thanks to the generosity of an SHG family.
Both food collection events took place on Nov. 20 — Monday of Thanksgiving week.
Noah Drewes, president of SHG Key Club, said the food drive was a meaningful project. “The Thanksgiving food drive is the biggest event of the year for Key Club, and thanks to the excellent board members and active club members, it was a success,” he said.
“Key Club is all about making a difference, and as a whole, we do a great job of accomplishing this,” Drewes said. “I look forward to being involved in more activities for the community as the year goes on.”
The present-day SHG Key Club was chartered by Key Club International in 1958. Paul Palazzolo, the advisor from the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, points out that Key Club has been thriving and in existence through Cathedral Boys High School, Griffin High School and now Sacred Heart-Griffin High School.
Key Club International is the world’s largest student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to perform acts of service, build character and develop leadership skills. All Key Clubs around the world are sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs.