Key Clubs Gather to Beautify Elementary School

Key Clubs Gather to Beautify Lakeview Elementary


More than 200 volunteers from Kiwanis Clubs and Key Clubs throughout South Florida recently joined forces to help beautify Lakeview Elementary in North Miami-Dade County as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Kiwanis International.

The day-long joint community service project, the largest in South Florida in years, featured six different Kiwanis Clubs and ____ Key Clubs coming together to build garden beds, plant flowers and vegetables and paint murals throughout the 56-year-old, 575-student school.

“While Kiwanis Clubs traditionally have geographical areas they serve, Lakeview Elementary is located in an area not currently served by any Kiwanis club,” said Florida District 25 Lt. Governor Will Reich. “We felt a joint community service project to help beautify the school—and thus serve the children of this area—was an excellent way to celebrate Kiwanis’ 100th Anniversary.”

Volunteers worked in two shifts, from 8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m., on various teams, including painting, building (garden beds) and planting.

“Many of the volunteers, caught up in the fun and spirit of the project, staying the entire day,” said Reich, who was interviewed by local media covering the event. “It really was a great way of giving back to this deserving community.”

In addition to the Kiwanis and Key Club members participation, five local professional artists volunteered for the project, creating murals throughout the school that Key Clubbers painted.

“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate everything the Kiwanis did for our school,” said Principal Sandra Banky. “The students—and staff—were thrilled when they arrived at school on Monday.”