The Viking Key Club at Union Pines High School began just two years ago. The student members have shown that being new does not mean being uninvolved.
This is especially true of Leona Thompson, who has worked diligently for the last two years to make the UPHS Key Club a force to be reckoned with, according to a spokesman for the Seven Lakes Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the UPHS club.
Thompson has been elected as lieutenant governor of District 10 for the Key Club.
She has been elected twice as the UPHS club’s web manager, a role she takes seriously. Under her leadership, Thompson has set up and maintained a website documenting all Key Club activities. Visitors can access the website for information, and members link in for their service hours and to provide input to the club.
Thompson has offered many excellent ideas and suggestions for service opportunities including “Love Letters for Literacy,” a program that helps underprivileged children learn to read using flash cards created by our members and distributed to organizations locally.
Thompson sent out word that the Carthage Food Pantry has reopened and invited members to earn more hours during the summer. She is also helping with a Key Club mural currently in progress at UPHS. While doing all this, Thompson is taking a full load of classes, including some at Sandhills Community College. She also participates in the band at UPHS and plays the baritone. In addition to school, band and community, she has an interest in photography, painting and travel.
“I learned about service to others from my grandmother, who believed in putting others first,” she says. “I have a strong spiritual belief in God, and Key Club fits very closely with my ideals and life goals.”