Delaware News

Penny drive, donation continue Key Club's work


This year's Pacer Penny Drive had a local twist as money was raised for a Delaware Hayes High School graduate.

The Key Club at the high school conducts a Pacer Penny Drive each year, during which money typically is collected for a group that provides financial assistance to children with cancer.

However, a faculty member knew of a local family with a 3-year-old son suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The boy's mother is a Hayes graduate.

Key Club adviser Adam Haynes said the child has been receiving expensive treatments for three years.

The Key Club raised $300 for the family through the penny drive. The money was donated to the family Thursday, May 8.

"We wanted to be able to raise money for a more local cause," Haynes said. "This involved someone who graduated from Hayes, so we are able to raise money towards something in our own community."

The Key Club was founded in May 1925 and is affiliated with the Kiwanis Club. The goals of the club include building character and leadership skills and participating in service activities.

Volunteer opportunities for students throughout the year include the annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast and the Common Ground Free Store, and club members collect canned food and silverware for local charities.

They also made sleeping bags for area homeless people out of blankets and surgical ties donated by a local hospital.

Other service projects have included raking leaves at cemeteries and helping in the school's Pacer Pantry.

The pantry was founded in 2013 by staff members who wanted to make food and household items available to students who need them.

Key Club members also have created greeting cards for senior citizens at Willow Brook Retirement Community and visited with them. Students even threw a tropical party and made root-beer floats for the residents.

"The club is for students who are interested in volunteering and want to donate their time," Haynes said. "There is no requirement of hours they have to do. We get together and they bring project ideas of how we can do good things in the community."