Members of the Thomson Kiwanis Club heard about junior clubs they sponsor during their weekly meeting on Feb. 1.
Officers of the Key Club of Thomson High School made a presentation, accompanied by their faculty adviser, Christy Donovan. Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club members are members of the Kiwanis International family. The Thomson High club was chartered this school year by Kiwanian Leigh Culpepper, who was recognized at Monday's meeting.
Ms. Donovan said the club has 50 members who meet monthly.
Officers of the THS club include Cullen Wallace, president, Caitlin Carpenter, vice-president and Kelsie Hadden, treasurer.
The group gave a run-down of their various projects, which include a bake sale benefitting Golden Harvest Food Bank in October, adopting children from the Partners For Success Angel Tree in December, and making and delivering Christmas cards to Thomson Health and Rehab and to the Augusta Veterans Hospital. They currently are selling "sweets for sweets" to raise money for Children's Miracle Network.
"The students are absolutely amazing and the difference they are making in McDuffie County is huge," Ms. Donovan said.
Members of the K-Kids also described their projects during the meeting. K-Kids consists of second-graders at Thomson Elementary School that the local Kiwanis Club started sponsoring last year. The club also is known as the "Citizens In Action" club. The approximately 15 members are selected by their homeroom teachers to participate.
Their projects include several drives for the McDuffie County Animal Shelter, making gifts for and visiting residents of Thomson Health and Rehabilitation Center and sprucing up the property around their school.