Students for KEEP

Students for KEEP

In 2012, Susannah Rogers was a KEEP penpal, but she wanted to do more to help these girls a half a world away who were her age and younger. She founded Students for KEEP, recruiting three classmates as the first vice presidents: Emily Pickup, Olivia Paulhac, and Helen Eifert.

students for KEEP

Some of the original Students for KEEP at a fundraising event

In the fall of 2012, Students for KEEP became an official club at John Jay High School in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District. To achieve club status, the four students presented their plans to the 64-member Campus Congress, who are chosen to represent the student body. Their presentation sparked tremendous interest and enthusiasm, becoming one of only two clubs receiving approval.

As an official club, Students for KEEP leaders can make announcements of regular meetings, have a paid advisor, and receive a page in the yearbook each year — and expect to increase their membership and awareness of the cause. “We were all honored and excited by the results,” said Ms. Rogers. “We hope to make a greater difference by getting others involved.”

The club started meeting every two weeks, brainstorming additional fundraising and awareness projects to present to the KEEP board. Meetings are announced and posters created to generate additional student interest. Speakers are invited to present at meetings, including KEEP board members and others who can share inspiration and guide the students toward their goals.

Send us an email to volunteer to speak at a Students for KEEP meeting