Southside Key Club was recently presented a $2,500 America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation from the Monsanto Fund. The purpose of the Grow Communities program is to partner with farmers to make a positive impact in farm communities across the country by supporting local nonprofit organizations. Since the program began in 2010, more than $26 million has been directed to organizations across rural America. The club was nominated for the grant by Independence County farmer, Joel Massey. Massey’s wife, Jinger Massey, retired last year after thirty years in education–twenty-nine of those years at Southside. She served as the Key Club sponsor for eighteen years. The current sponsor, Adair Qualls, stated that Massey has been a tremendous source of information and support. “Mrs. Massey is the epitome of all that is Key Club. She is a compassionate and generous person whose life of service benefits others. My first year as sponsor I constantly bombarded her with questions as I learned the ins and outs of the club. She has continually supported the club during my sponsorship from covering dues for students who couldn’t afford it to explaining rules of conference competition, and even providing pizza and homemade cookies for our Christmas party. The Key Club motto is ‘Caring–our way of life,’ and Mrs. Massey lives those words. On my first day at Southside four years ago, I was welcomed with flowers, sent to me by a complete stranger: Mrs. Massey. That’s just who she is, and I truly appreciate Mrs. Massey and her husband taking the time to make the nomination.” The money will be used to develop an outdoor area all students on campus may enjoy.
Pictured from left to right: Secretary Kerri Kramer, Treasurer Terrilynn Miller, Editor Sharisa Herekamp, President Natalie Humphrey, and Vice President Thalia Cruz.