Key Club helps feed the homeless
Ten cardboard boxes filled with brown paper lunch bags were lined up on the grass at Williams Park on Jan. 10 at noon. Inside each bag was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, peanut butter crackers, a granola bar, apple and bottle of water.
Lakewood High School's Key Club had made the sandwiches and put together the bags to help those who are less fortunate and don't have a stable meal every day.
"I am so happy we are doing this for the homeless; this is a Snapchat moment," Key Club vice president Sakeli Kennedy said.
Key Club is a service organization associated with Kiwanis, just the high school version. Kiwanis International is a coeducational service club founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan.
About 15 Key Club members made the bags of food inside the school cafeteria on Jan. 9 to give to the homeless. A group of eight students - four on the jelly side and four on the peanut butter side - made the sandwiches. The rest of the students bagged the other items.
To get all of the items for this community service project Key Club president Karianne Kapfer and vice president Kennedy wrote a letter for a grant. The grant came from St. Pete Promise Mayor's Service Learning Challenge grant.
"I don't like writing essays, but I knew I was writing this one for a really good reason," Kapfer said.
When it was time to pass out the bags science teacher Jennifer Pacowta, who runs the club, her husband and a parent went around handed them out to the homeless at Williams Park.
After about 30 minutes three of the boys who are in the club and their friend showed up. When they saw no one else from the club was there they were surprised and eager to get the rest of the bags out to the homeless.
"It was unfortunate for no one to come. I wish more people had come because they would've enjoyed it. We'll make sure that doesn't happen again," Zach Blair Andrews said.
Pacowta said she was disappointed that more kids didn't show up, but she said it wouldn't happen again, because she knows that the boys who did show up will speak to the rest of the group.