At Horizon Honors Secondary School in Ahwatukee, service to others doesn’t happen just at the holidays but throughout the year. In order to gain valuable life skills, students at the grades 7-­12 school are encouraged to complete at least 40 hours of community service each school year.

The school’s philosophy is simple: service to others and character-­building lessons help student develop social excellence. When students participate in community service projects, their world view becomes challenged and diversified. The Student Councils, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Key Club and athletics teams organize students in community outreach, charity drives and a variety of projects throughout the Valley.

The school’s Key Club is one of the largest groups on the Horizon Honors campus, boasting 103 active members. Key Club International is one of the Kiwanis International family of service-­leadership programs. The high school student-­led organization’s goal is to encourage leadership through helping others. Club members engage in volunteer projects both on campus, through peer tutoring, and in the community.

“The concept behind the Key Club is to build a better community and aid civil growth” said Senior Rex Bartlett. “Through my participation, I am learning leadership and responsibility values and how I can positively impact the community. My favorite part of the club is how we all come together to make something great,” he said.

Projects students at Horizon Honors Secondary School have already completed this school year include:

­ National Honor Society students volunteered during fall break to serve at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure where members manned the starting line.­

Key Club members went to Paz de Cristo Outreach Center to prepare a meal for the less fortunate.

­ High School Girls Volleyball hosted a Dig Pink match for the last game of the regular season. The team sold pink Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets and pink miniature volleyballs to donate money for Breast Cancer Research. The team raised $945!

­ Key Club members participated in the Paint­A­Thon over the course of one day. They prepped and painted an entire house for a family in need!

“I like to volunteer because I am so fortunate in my own life,” said Senior Leah Skromme, who has completed over 200 volunteer hours during her high school career. “At a center like Paz de Cristo, you get to see the people you are helping and how much one small meal can change their lives. Volunteering makes me much more appreciative for what I have and it makes me more aware of the little things I can do every day to improve other people’s lives,” she said.

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