One of Mineral Point High School’s most active clubs is celebrating a week dedicated just to them.

November 3-7 has been designated as Key Club Week.

Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world and is a member of the Kiwanis family. The Mineral Point advisor is Don Hay, who is also a member of the Mineral Point Kiwanis, and he oversees the 45 MP Key Club members.

Key Club is all about making the school, and community, a better place through their many efforts including: highway cleanup; volunteering at the Iowa County Humane Society, Shake Rag Alley, and Madison Children’s Museum; organizing the spring Red Cross blood drive at the high school; leading the high school Day of Service in the spring; concession stands at sporting events; and making cards and visits to nursing home residents at the Mineral Point Care Center.

The group is always ready to lend a helping hand whenever their sponsoring group, Kiwanis, requests their assistance as well such as the Taste of Mineral Point, providing food and beverages at a rest stop for riders on the Dairyland Dare bicycle race, helping with the read-in at the elementary, and leading the charge for the Easter Egg Hunt, just to name a few.

They have many fundraisers that benefit various charities such as the Make-A Wish Foundation, UNICEF, The Eliminate Project, and the Carbone Cancer Center, among others.

Great leadership is a skill that must be developed, and the club takes many members to the annual Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Key Club Leadership Conference each winter in Green Bay.

The group knows how to have fun, too, as is evident by its most recent project, crafting the Pointer PupHay as part of the town’s hay bale creation campaign, which is on display as you enter the drive to the middle/high school. 

The Key Club generously awards its most active members with scholarships upon graduation from Mineral Point High School, as does its parent organization, the Kiwanis Club. Both groups have a strong and consistent commitment to leadership and realize its value in Mineral Point.

With its many outreach efforts, it’s easy to see why MPHS students flock to be a part of such a great organization.

(Article by Joelle Doye, photos by Don Hay)

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