Sunday, October 24, 2021

MIA’s Key Club Cleans Up Marco’s Beach from Tigertail to South Beach

We plant the seed for service. ~ Key Club

It was a huge turn-out for January’s Love Your Beach clean-up with 100+ members of the community on the beach to pick up what other humans left behind. The January beach clean-up was sponsored by Marco Island’s Academy’s (MIA) Key Club 80 members along with members of their families. They all showed up to clean up the beach from Tigertail Beach to South Beach.

MIA’s Key Club is a student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service to the community, build character and develop leadership skills. Key Club is sponsored by the Marco Island Kiwanis Club.

Members of MIA’s Interact Club and the National Honor Society also joined the Key Club members on the beach.

The beach was dotted with the iconic neon green shirts of Love Your Beach volunteers and the Key Club’s blue shirts. Prior to the start of the clean-up, Katie O’Hara of Marco Island’s Chamber of Commerce gave the clean-up instructions and cautioned the volunteers to be careful while picking trash on the dunes; stating, “there are snakes.”

Buckets and grabbers were distributed with instructions to be back by 10:00 to sort and document the trash collected.

Pat Hagedorn, President of Kiwanis Club, walked the beach with a bucket and grabber and chatted with volunteers on the importance of cleaning the beach.

The Marco Island Kiwanis Club’s mission is all about helping the children in the community. They were founded in 1993 with a mission to improve the world one community and one child at a time. In 2019 in just one month, the Kiwanis Club held four events for the children in the community.

  • December 5th, they honored Terrific Kids from the 4th Grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary School.
  • December 7th, Kiwanis had its 7th Annual Family 5K to fund service programs for local children.
  • December 8th, Kiwanis held a sing-along to raise funds for toys for the kids.
  • December 14th, members of Kiwanis shop for gifts for the Manatee School children.
  • December 16th, members of Kiwanis met at Manatee School for a holiday sing-along with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Girl’s Scout Troop Got Framed for a Beach Clean-Up. Thank you!

Be on the look-out for the upcoming January 24th Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament—with all proceeds to benefit the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 AM for a breakfast meeting held at Stonewall’s, 551 S. Collier Blvd., and guests are welcome.

Marco’s Beach and Coastal Resources Advisory Committee organizes the monthly beach clean-ups and wish to thank MIA’s Key Club members and their families. Kiwanis Club of Marco, Girl Scout Troop, Marco Island Code Enforcement, MICA and residents for an outpouring of support for the January beach clean-up. 

Please Save The Date: February 1, 2020, at 8 AM at South Beach. Sponsor: Ace Painting and Cub Scout Troop 234. All are welcome to the beach clean-up and new volunteers will receive the Love Your Beach shirt.

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