Kiwanis Kids, with more than 36,000 members, is a service leadership program for primary school students. K-Kids provides students with opportunities to work together on service projects, develop leadership potential and create strong moral character.
K-Kids is a “student-led” community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. K-Kids clubs can also be established in a community-based organization. Such organizations might include but are not limited to a community library, Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, YWCA or church. K-Kids is unique because it’s sponsored by a local Kiwanis club, composed of leading business and professional people of the community.
Service and fundraising
K-Kids service projects include organizing clothing, book, food and recycling drives; planning teacher-appreciation events; creating greeting cards for nursing home residents; making sew-free blankets for children’s hospital patients and making picture books for kindergarten students. K-Kids are currently raising funds for The Eliminate Project, a joint effort of the Kiwanis family and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth, especially through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
In Charles Town
K-Kids is the newest member of our Charles Town Kiwanis family. When it began on November 10, 2015, there was so much interest from the children at Wright Denny Intermediate School that we maxed out our membership by day one. They hit the ground running and have already become involved in several community projects. They learned a bit of sign language, gained a better understanding about animal welfare by visiting the local shelter, read to the younger children at Page Jackson elementary school to promote literacy and a love of reading, and have been collecting change to donate to the Red Cross. All of these projects translate into lifelong lessons that the next generation will be taking with them into the future.