Jo-Hi Key Club adopts book drive as first project

Joseph High School teacher Tom Guerney is advisor of the school's fledgling Key Club, and Nichole Payton serves as club president. The organization has been holding a book drive as its first project. Photo by Elane Dickenson

One of the first projects of Wallowa County's new Kiwanis Club was to form a Key Club at the high school level.

That club is now alive and thriving at Joseph High School with approximately 30 members and focused on its first project - a book drive to replenish the shelves of the Joseph school libraries. With a mandatory 20 minute a day reading program in place, the libraries are running through the books

The club is linked to the county's business club and the Kiwanis Club and replaces the Future Business Leaders of America club at Joseph High School. According to the Jo-Hi business instructor and club advisor Tom Guerney, the Key Club is oriented to school and community services, rather than competition.

Contributions of books may be made to Guerney's room at school or the Joseph High School library.

The Key Club was scheduled for its official charter meeting on Tuesday of this week. KEY stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth.

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