Builders Club, with more than 46,000 adolescent members, provides students with opportunities to develop leadership, improve self-esteem, increase civic engagement and learn life skills through service. As students maneuver this “in-between stage” of life, Builders Club empowers them to be themselves, work together with friends and implement plans through action. Through Builders Club, students become leaders at school, in their community and in the world.
Builders Club is a “student-led” community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs also can be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.
In Charles Town
The CTMS Builders formed its chapter in August 2016. Breezy Ressler, having seen how successful KKids was at Wright Denny, led the charge to bring the K-family to the middle school. Currently, they have 40 members which include 10 board members- president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian, parliamentarian, a grade level representative from 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and a special liaison to the advisor.
The Builders are a student run/student led group. At each meeting they do a Get to Know you or Team Building activity as well as several community service projects. Favorite ones include partnering with the KKids and/or Key Club for group projects, serving lunch to the veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, participating at the United Way Day of Caring, helping the homeless by making foot care packages, making Plarn and learning to crochet mats for the homeless. This year they started First Responders Fridays where the local first responders come eat lunch with the students and visit with each grade level. The Builders biggest service project is their Kare Kloset. This project was started last year by Anna Walter who has since joined Key Club. This Kloset stocks clothes, shoes, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, coats, school supplies, toiletries, and personal hygiene items. Any student or faculty member in need of an item is welcome to anything in the kloset.
The Builders track their hours and have amassed just under 4000 hours since they started. Many members volunteer on their own with their families.