Posted: December, 27, 2017 - 8:58am Focus on service Key Club collected 87 books as part of a holiday-time book drive to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank, which serves at-risk children in the Chicagoland area. Key Club President Tara Erickson called the book drive a “great opportunity” to team with a local organization to offer assistance close to home. Club members held the drive the week after Thanksgiving break. The school community submitted their donations of primarily children’s books — though Bernie’s will accept donations of new or gently used books for all ages — in bins in the ILC. To throw a little urgency into the mix, Key Club challenged the classes to duke it out by bringing in the most books. The juniors won! Key Club is a student club based on service. They organize and carry out one or two service projects each semester. In addition to the book drive this fall, they held a bake sale in October and donated the proceeds to Lake County Haven, which assists homeless women and children. They also made dog toys out of t-shirts, which they plan to donate to a local animal shelter, Erickson said. This spring, they plan to make blankets for the Village of Victory Lakes, an assisted living center in Lindenhurst. Club members also will volunteer to work concessions for Lakes athletic events and donate the proceeds to a to-be-determined cause. The annual Pop Tab Challenge is scheduled for March, too. Erickson said students are invited to attend Key Club’s meetings on Mondays after school in C208A. Other officers include Vice President Bella Sondrol, Secretary Kaylee Paxton, and Treasurer Jack Falcus. The club is sponsored by Michelle Curtis. Follow them on Twitter @keyclub_lchs. Photos submitted by Tara Erickson. NEWS GALLERY The book collection bins set up in the Lower ILC Key Club members stand with posters announcing our book drive for Bernie's Book Bank. Key Club members help make dog toys out of t-shirts for local animal shelters and animal hospitals. Urvi Patel and Saloni Shah help cut and braid t-shirt strands. Taylor Primack and Sara Lunkenheimer measure out t-shirt strands. The Key Club Officers giving the money raised from our bake sale to a woman affiliated with the Lake County Haven.