Kiwanis K-Kids Young Leaders Helping Others

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

The Wright Denny K-Kids chapter was started in September 2015 by fifth grader Breezy Ressler. The club carries 60 members each year which includes 10 board members- president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian, parliamentarian, a grade level representative from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and a special liaison to the advisor.
 
This student led/student run group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month after school until 5 PM. The members complete a community service activity at each meeting and are encouraged to volunteer on their own with their families. Since year two, their advisor has been tracking their hours, and they have volunteered close to 5000 hours!
 
Favorite projects include reading and socializing the kitties at Pats Little Angels, helping serve lunch on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, coordinating events at JCCM for Third Thursdays, making cards for nursing home residents and Meals on Wheels clients, making travel pillows for cancer patients, making toys and Find It bottles for children in the hospital, and making and delivering cookies to our first responders.  Our all time favorite activity which is in in 4th year is taking a field trip to Page Jackson and reading to the little ones!
 
Mrs. Karen Scott and Mrs. Lydia Knott are their advisors.
 

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.