Eight Locust Valley High School students recently had the privilege of attending the Keystone Club National Conference through the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club.

The students, Arielle Castano-Cala Stephanie Canales, Andres Cisneros, Vannya Cisneros, Rosario Jimenez, John J. Jimenez, Enrique Vargas and Erik Villalobos and were chosen by the GBBGC for their commitment to community service and their leadership skills. 

Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire said these students set an example for the entire student body. “They are exactly the kind of civic minded young adults for which Locust Valley is so well known,” he said. “These students exemplify how our culture of community service extends beyond our high school to enrich others.” 

The Keystone Club is a nationally chartered leadership and service club for teenagers, focusing on leadership development through community service projects. In the past year alone, members of Grenville Baker’s Keystone Club have performed more than 2,000 hours of community service. They helped younger members with homework and raised money through bake sales and car washes for various causes including animal shelters, children’s hospitals and volunteer fire departments. They worked in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island and in Long Beach and Oceanside gutting houses, removing mold and putting up dry wall, as well as delivering food to displaced families in the Rockaways. These young volunteers partnered with Habitat for the Humanities to build homes on Long Island and worked with Meals on Wheels to bring food to the elderly. They served the homeless at soup kitchens and they visited the sick in hospitals. They have performed countless other community service projects as well.

The Locust Valley High School Keystone Club members worked hard to earn the funds needed to attend the National Conference and received a generous donation of $1,000 from the Locust Valley Rotary Club to make the trip possible. The conference enabled the students to meet with other young leaders and to gain even more leadership experience and valuable guidance. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said she is grateful to the GBBGC for offering such a wonderful opportunity to the students of Locust Valley High School and to the Rotary Club for generously supporting them. “This is yet another example of our community coming together for the good of the children.”