Key Club members collect hours at virtual RTC Students participate in online workshops

Experiencing her first RTC in 2019, freshman Rochelle Barrameda sits alongside her fellow club members after performing their chants for the Spirit Stick. “My favorite thing about RTC last year was probably competing with our division to win the spirit stick,” Barrameda said. “Although we didn’t win the spirit stick we cheered our hearts out, I know I did!”. Photo Credit: Rochelle Barrameda

Clubs are a huge part of high school and a way for students to express themselves while also giving them time to collaborate with others who share the same interest.  Moving to online learning meant clubs had to make changes and overcome obstacles to continue such as Key Club, because their main priority is community service.  

RTC, also known as Regional Training Conference, is normally held at a school campus but had to be held online this year. Instead of cancelling, it was decided that it will be held online for members to attend workshops for community service hours. Key Club President Codey Barrameda helped in the set up of the event and in bringing the event together. 

“We participated in a virtual RTC, where members were able to learn more about leadership and character development,” Barrameda said. “In addition, my board and I have been drafting online service projects we can do during our meetings.”

Students chose to attended different service projects, which went towards the overall 50 service hours each member is expected to have at the end of their term. Officers from different schools around CCSD held virtual workshops explaining ways students can get out and be more involved in their community. 

“Typically, we would provide materials to members whenever we hosted service projects. Now, we need to find online service projects that everyone can do through their computers,” Barrameda said. “Although distance learning has placed a toll on many of our plans and events, Southwest CTA Key Club will never stop serving their home, school, and community. We will always be ‘biting with service, and howling with spirit,’ whether that be in school or at home. “

Having attended both the RTC this year and last, sophomore Rochelle Barrameda was able to learn and focus on ways she can have an impact on her community in the future. 

“Although this year’s RTC was held virtually, I still enjoyed meeting other Key Clubbers across Nevada, “ Barrameda said. “Compared to last year, we were able to come together and do our cheers but unfortunately this year we cut the social aspect of RTC and stuck with the educational aspect which is learning about leadership and community service. Even so, I was having a great time chatting with new people in the Key Club community. I felt very welcome & comfortable participating in the activities because Key Club is just a big loving family.”

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