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Matanzas Key Club installs new officers, as Kiwanis Club continues support of students

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The Kiwanis Club of Flagler County sponsors club that develop leadership in students.

The Kiwanis Club of Flagler County hosted the a ceremony on Sept. 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn, to install the new officers of the Matanzas Key Club for 2021-22: President Diana Cangialosi, Vice President Joann Thankam-Ritz, Treasurer Austin Weeks and Editor Katie Tefler. The faculty adviser is Amanda Cypert. 

Ahmed Eldeeb, lieutenant governor for Division 7, Florida District, Key Club International, was the installing officer. 

The Key Club helps develop leadership skills, service and fundraising abilities in young people. In 2020-2021, Key Club members accumulated over 3,000 service hours by volunteering at a local food pantry, participating in multiple Flagler Beach clean-up events; participating in an Eagle Scout project by planting a flower bed in front of the Palm Coast Historical Society, and raising funds through car washes.

The club also participates in a community gardening project at the high school, which produces crops that are donated to the food pantry. In typical years, the club also donates to Relay for Life.

The Kiwanis Club also sponsors three clubs at Old Kings Elementary.

K-Kids fosters leadership and goal-setting. The list of activities and events generated through this club’s efforts during the current school include a food drive that collected over 1,000 items, a collection for the Family Life Center, holiday cards for Grand Oaks Rehabilitation Center and more.

Terrific Kids promotes character development, self- esteem and leadership. In May 2021, 175 students were given certificates and medallions.

Bringing Up Grades (BUGs) recognizes students who raise their grades at least one letter in a subject.

A former K-Kids president, Addisen, said, “K-Kids is helping people that need help and doing wonderful things for people. It’s all about helping the environment, changing people’s lives, and much more. I love being the president and helping people. It's amazing to be in K-Kids.”

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