Key Club members measure change with impactful programs

Glenbrook South Key Club members believe in creating sustainable change. They go beyond charity and focus on liberty, meaning they establish programs and opportunities that better the lives of people they help for the long run.

On May 18, about 40 Key Club members met at GBS early to board a bus for Chicago. They headed toward Passages Charter School to pick up their buddies – dozens of first graders, many of whom had never been to a museum before.

This adventure was part of the Key Club’s new “Eat and Explore” program. The Key Club members took the children around the Shedd Aquarium, shared smiles and bagged lunches, and even sat down for some small-group reading time before heading home.

“I love how we are able to interact with the kids all day,” said Marlee Hague, freshman. 

Prior to “Eat and Explore,” the Key Club members had visited Passages School for “Eat and Read” and “Eat and Art” programs to build lasting relationships with their younger buddies. This was the third time that the students gathered together this school year.

“Key Club isn’t about coming in for a day and leaving,” said club sponsor Josh Koo. “It’s about being supportive long-term.”

Hague said she enjoys Key Club programs because it allows her to experience new things.

“I like getting out and meeting people,” she said. “... Especially the kids. I love how the kids find everything to be so interesting. They’re a lot of fun to watch.”

In order to raise money for programs like “Eat and Explore,” the Key Club published – and is selling – adult coloring books. The images in the coloring book were created by GBS students.

“We hope to sell these coloring books to help finance our other book, a “Mad Libs”-style storybook, which directly impacts the underserved students we partner with,” Koo said.

The storybook was first introduced to the Passages School group at the Shedd Aquarium. The first graders were able to fill in the “Mad Libs” blanks to create a fun story about their trip with their buddy, and draw and read aloud. 

Coloring books, which are $10 each and include 50+ coloring pages, can be purchased by emailing Samples of the coloring books and storybooks can be found online.

“The Key Club will use 100 percent of the coloring book profits to publish more storybooks, and in turn, impact more lives through our programs,” Koo said. 

Video: Click here to view a video of the “Eat and Explore” trip to the Shedd Aquarium. 

Key Club members measure change with impactful programs