Falconer Central School Key Club Raising Money For Service Project

Falconer Key Club members are pictured. The club is raising money for a service trip to the Dominican Republic later this year.

FALCONER — A group of Falconer High School Key Club students are traveling to the Dominican Republic in July 2017 for a service project.

Key Club, sponsored locally by Falconer Kiwanis, is an international student-led organization that seeks to build character and develop leadership skills through service to the local and global communities, and it is affiliated with Kiwanis International. In addition to succeeding academically and participating in multiple extra-curricular activities, members of Falconer Key Club also provide countless hours of service to the local community. All of these opportunities teach the value of service before self, instill respect for those from different backgrounds, and improve the lives of people in the community.

The Dominican Republic trip allows for 20 hours of intense community service as well as exposure to the environmental, socioeconomic, and educational challenges that are part of living in an impoverished nation. The students will work in an environment very different than the United States and help people who desperately need it. The rural part of the Dominican is home to some of the lowest standards of living in the country. Houses often lack the things we take for granted here in the United States including running water, electricity and sewage systems. Falconer students will work with students from around the world to build aqueducts and bring running water to the villages. Previous student volunteers have already constructed seven aqueducts and worked on a system to filter waste water, which helps protect the longest river in the Caribbean.

The students need the help of the local community to help them take the service trip. The cost per person is just more than $2,200. Students are raising money through jobs and a variety of fundraisers, but they still have significant financial ground to cover. Donations can be made by check, payable to Falconer Key Club, and sent to Falconer Central School, 2 E. Avenue N., Falconer, NY 14733. For more information, email Mary Plumb, volunteer Key Club adviser, at mplumb@falcon.wnyric.org.