The Pine Bluff Kiwanis Club has partnered with Pine Bluff High School in starting a Key Club at school.

“Key Club is a branch of Kiwanis International focusing on fostering community service leaders during high school years,” according to a press release.

Forming a Key Club at PBHS has been a goal of Pine Bluff Kiwanis for years, according to Kiwanis Club President Bill Reid.

Club members partnered with PBHS guidance counsellor Tonya Colen to build a framework for the group and identify students interested in joining.

“When we talk about college admissions, the colleges are looking for a more well-rounded student,” Reid said. “They’re not just looking for a student with a 4.0 who’s taken a lot of AP classes, but what else have you done for your school and your community. They look for benefits that can be brought to a college campus, and that experience is going to be a plus for them becoming leaders in college and beyond.”

Key Clubs are student led with advisors from the school and the local Kiwanis Club.

Colen and Kiwanian Berinda Eugene will act as advisors, assisting students in getting a charter for their club and with any needs the members encounter during operation. The students will plan their meetings, develop the agendas and create their own community service projects, according to the release.

“Like adult Kiwanis clubs, Key clubs stress community service as their priority,” according to the release.

Eugene said Key club members can plan projects to benefit the high school or any other part of the community.

Reid said the club will be a good resource to teach students about the importance of public service and its benefits to the community and the student themselves.

The Pine Bluff Kiwanis Club will finance the club’s chapter and expect 20 students to join. Club members must be willing to do 50 hours of service per year, Eugene said.

The advisors are hoping to get the club up and running by mid-November, but Eugene said any students will still be welcome to join after the club is initially set up.

Eugene and Colen are also interested in speaking with members of the community who may have previous Key Club experience or who may be interested in working with the new PBHS Key Club.

Details: Berinda Eugene, 480-678-7625.