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
Wright Denny K-Kids
South Jefferson Elementary K-Kids
The South Jefferson Elementary K-Kids, founded in October of 2018, provides opportunities for the students to learn about their community and to be actively involved in making positive contributions in their community and school. Local community leaders, from Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, Jefferson County Community Ministries and Animal Welfare Society spoke with the children about the services they provide to the community. The students have volunteered at a local cat sanctuary, Pat’s Little Angels, and Briggs Adoption Center. At Briggs, they helped the staff by filling Kong toys with cheese and dog treats. The children have learned new skills by sewing catnip treat bags, braiding t-shirts to make dog pull toys, and folding paper to make Valentine’s bouquet for a local nursing home. Also at the nursing home, the students sang Christmas Carols for the residents. The students also honored our local Veteran’s by attending the Charles Town Veteran’s Day program. The children decorated store fronts with a fall theme in downtown Charles Town. Through the variety of activities the students are learning how they can help support their local community.