Some of the floats in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, themed “Dreams Come True”, were decorated by Key Club International members from Madera, Madera South, Liberty and Minarets high schools.
Key Clubs are teen-led community service extensions of Kiwanis Clubs, and both clubs are local branches of international organizations.
For the second year in a row, Key Clubs sent representatives to one of the largest Kiwanis service projects on the west coast, the floral decoration of 12 of the 50’ long floats of the Rose Parade. Each day for the six days before the parade, hundreds of club members prepared and positioned every floral element.
Students from Key Clubs in the state converged on float assembly barns Monday to trim, dress, place and glue thousands of flowers on floats. Madera’s youth were only some of the Central Valley students invited to volunteer. Eighty-seven students from 11 Valley high schools travelled on two buses organized by Eric Outfleet, advisor to the Madera South Key Club and Kiwanis advisor to Key Clubs in the Madera/Fresno area...