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The Mar Vista High School Key Club Making A Difference In Our Community

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Posted: Monday, September 7, 2015 2:14 pm

The Mar Vista High School Key club has started the year off with a community service bang! Already they have been reaching out to the community as seen in their activities to aid events going on in the city.

On Saturday, Aug. 15, 20 key clubbers from Mar Vista High School helped out at the Imperial Beach fishing derby hosted by the I.B. Kiwanis club. Due in a large part to the efforts of these students, the derby went smoothly and everyone had fun. The students acted as judges to see which child caught the first fish, the prettiest fish, the biggest fish, the smallest fish, etc. They had to judge between all of the fish caught by the 75 children that participated in the derby. Every last fish was examined and prizes were assigned to the lucky kids who rightfully won them. All of the members were happy to help and look forward to participating in future community events that the key club will be supporting.

The key club is essentially a partnership between the Imperial Beach Kiwanis club and high school students who want to help their community and gain community service hours. The club has been around for a few years now and has been a part of several key events around Imperial Beach. This includes beach cleanups, gathering funds for donations to children’s hospitals, canned food drives, etc. The goal of the key club is to commit caring acts of service so that others will be inspired to do the same, thereby making our community a better place.

The president of the Key club, Aina Guatno, expressed an optimistic viewpoint of the member’s contribution to the fishing derby, when interviewed. She said, “The fishing derby went really well! The volunteers really seemed to enjoy the judging process.”

Guatno is a senior at Mar Vista High School. She is very academically minded and an active member of the community and key club. As president of the club, she organizes the agenda for all of the meetings and approves the events that the club members will be participating in. She says that “our mission for key club is to serve our communities through community service.”

When asked about how she thinks key club affects the teenagers who participate in it, she responded, “High school students don’t just get the community service hours to graduate, they actually learn valuable lessons through key club when they do events with us. They get to meet other adults and make connections with other members which they can use in the future. All the while, they are doing this for a good cause.” Her statement to the people of Imperial Beach is, “We are here to serve anyone and to keep events going because we want to serve. We understand that help is always needed, especially for the children of our community.”

Pedro Reyes is the vice president of services for the key club. In his words, his job is to, “find events that happen around the community. It ranges from helping out children at the Boys & Girls Club, to helping adults with events at the beach. Pretty much everything that happens around I.B. like this, we, the key club, are there.” His goal for the key club is to see it grow, and more importantly, last through the years. He wants to see the club make a lasting impression on the community so that the club will be enlarged and Mar Vista High will gain greater recognition.

The Mar Vista High School key club is making a difference. If you have any questions as to how the key club operates, you can go to

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