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TRA Key Club- Making a Difference All Year Long

This Saturday many people, young and old, will join forces on Make a Difference Day, one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide, designed to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects.  For members of The River Academy’s Key Club, this mission happens all year long.  

Several of our members will be partnering  with Kiwanis for Make a Difference Day to winterize Camp Zanika, but they have already been hard at work making a difference in their school and community.  Earlier this month our Key Club members created a glowing obstacle course for younger runners participating in Serve Wenatchee Valley’s Light the Loop Fundraiser.  They also organized TRA’s fall “house” service day,  where all secondary students participated in one of three projects.  Their efforts resulted in 25 painted pumpkins for Colonial Vista, 25 Thanksgiving baskets for Serve Wenatchee Valley, and 70 filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  Dressed in a wide array of costumes, Key Clubbers will also gather on October 31 to trick-or-treat for UNICEF,  raising funds to help prevent  maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world.

During the winter months, TRA Key Clubbers will host a game/craft night for elementary students, organize a holiday drive-in movie, assist Kiwanis with their Christmas giveaway, wrap gifts in the mall, collect money for Life Choices, send care packages to members of the military, and plan another “house” service project.

As the weather warms and spring approaches, Key Clubbers will “rock-n-rowl” for CASA, organize a talent show, work food fair booths at Apple Blossom, attend District Convention, and host a National Day of Prayer breakfast.  

Because TRA Key Clubbers engage in so many service projects around our Valley, The River Academy has received Youth United’s Volunteer School of the Year award for the past two years. When a student joins our Key Club, they truly embrace our motto:  “Caring, a Way of Life.”  Most importantly, they joyfully model for others the example Christ gave in Matthew 20:28: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”