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  • Welcome back! Now let's get started

    K-Kids clubs are sponsored in partnership with schools, community organizations and Kiwanis Clubs. Advisors serve as mentors for the club. Scheduling a planning meeting with your Kiwanis or faculty advisor prior to the club’s first meeting is a great way to start the year. 

    First, take some time to review club bylaws, the K-Kids advisor guide, the Youth Protection Guidelines, and (for Kiwanis advisors) ensure your criminal history background check is complete.

    During the meeting, review your club calendar, budget, and member recruitment plan. If officers were not elected last school year, make a plan to conduct elections. Then review officer training (see our sample installation ceremony script for additional assistance). 

    Next, schedule a time to meet with your advisor and the club’s school principal (if applicable) to go over plans and goals for the upcoming year. This will help tremendously when considering potential member contests, service projects, parent engagement ideas, fundraising activities and awareness-building events. It will also help to strengthen the bond between your club and school.  

    If you have any questions as the year progresses, please contact your district administrator or email Kiwanis International at memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International Staff

    Please welcome our newest staff member on the Service Leadership Programs team, Kelly Wallace! 

    Kelly is from Indianapolis, Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 with a major in Sociology and minor in International Studies. She is currently enrolled in a dual master’s program, earning a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies. Kelly comes to us from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana where she worked for over five years in mentoring and youth development. 

    As the Club Support Analyst, Kelly works closely with the members of the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs department to develop supporting goals, strategies, and plans in order to achieve the vision, mission, and objectives of Kiwanis International. Additionally, she writes the K-Kids newsletters, is the point of contact for advisors needing assistance, and serves volunteers who work with the Kiwanis youth programs.

    Kelly is a lifelong learner. She enjoys classes, workshops and conferences of all kinds, listening to all genres of music, trying new restaurants of all cuisines, traveling, and spending time with her fiance, Tetlu and dog, Brooklyn.

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  • Take Student Recognition Farther

    Kiwanis Kids programs are making a lasting impact in elementary schools around the world. In addition to a K-Kids club, consider engaging a Kiwanis club or sponsor to support a Bring Up Grades or Terrific Kids program as well. 

    Bring Up Grades, or BUG, is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range, and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll; a pizza, ice cream, or other food-themed party; a presentation of certificates, pins, and other giveaways. BUG is sponsored by community organizations or Kiwanis clubs but Key Clubs (high school students) can also sponsor a program or serve as a co-sponsor along with a Kiwanis club. Learn more about how to start a BUG program by clicking here

    Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, positive self-esteem, and perseverance. Students work with their classroom teacher and establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance, or schoolwork. The teachers and principal determine the best schedule for recognition. Some schools recognize Terrific Kids during each grading period, while others recognize students more often. Recognition includes receiving a pin as a Terrific Kid; a pizza, ice cream or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates and other giveaways. Terrific Kids is sponsored by community organizations or Kiwanis clubs but Key Clubs and Circle K clubs (university students) can also sponsor a program or serve as a co-sponsor along with a Kiwanis club. Learn more about how to start a Terrific Kids program by clicking here.

    If you have already incorporated BUG or Terrific Kids in your club and want to share the outcome for a chance to be featured internationally, please contact Kelly Wallace.

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  • Start a free little library

    Start a Little Free Library in honor of International Literacy Day this September! It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where students and people in your community share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Click here to watch a two minute video to see how Little Free Libraries work. 

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  • Break the ice - jump start student connections

    In an effort to encourage fellowship and fun, start with a couple icebreaker activities at the beginning of each meeting early in the year. 

    Who Am I? 
    Write the names of famous people on strips of paper - actors, singers, cartoon characters. Every club member gets a paper taped to his or her back. Members go around the room asking questions about their person, so they can guess who it is, but they are only allowed to ask questions that have “yes” or “no” as an answer!

    Question Ball
    Write numbers on a large beach ball and assign questions to each number. Club members stand in a circle and throw the ball to each other. When a person catches the ball, they read aloud the number under their right thumb. Members then answer the question assigned to that number, revealing a little about themselves. 

    Hum-Dinger
    Help club members break into groups and pick a song for each group, such as “Three Blind Mice” or “Home on the Range.” Each person in the group gets a strip of paper with the song title on it. Then, each person will give his or her strip to someone outside the group. Once everyone has gotten a new song, cue club members to walk around the room humming their tune...until everyone finds all the other members with the same song. 

    Follow the K-Kids Pinterest board for new ideas.

    Does your club have a favorite ice breaker? Share the idea with us at kkids@kiwanis.org

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  • Eliminate Week: it is not too late to save lives

    K-Kids clubs have united with all Kiwanis-family members and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth through The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs have raised more than US$7,262,695 in cash and pledges. Pat yourselves on the back for all of your great work! Every US$1.80 donated will save or protect one woman and her future babies.

    Your K-Kids club was encouraged to raise funds and awareness during Eliminate Week in May. If your club participated, you can still submit funds and be recognized by following these two easy and important steps before September 1:

    Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members. Remember to include your club number and name so you can receive proper credit and request recognition items.

    Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club.

    Double your lifesaving impact. Ask your Kiwanis club to match the funds you raised. Your Kiwanis club will receive a Unity Award, and you will be recognized as a 1K Club, for raising more than US$500, and saving or protecting more than 555 lives together. 

    Now is also a great time to start planning for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2015:
    • If your K-Kids club participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2013 or 2014, a box of supplies will be shipped by September 15. Here is a list of clubs who will receive supplies. Do not worry: If your club is not on this list, you can order them from the Kiwanis store by the end of September.
    • Your club can easily raise money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF without going door-to-door. Consider hosting a dodgeball tournament or bake sale for donations. Start planning the fun. Find fundraising ideas, information on how to submit funds and how to earn a banner patch at www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat.
    Questions? Contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org. Thank you again for your generous support. You’re making a difference! We are changing the course of history. 

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  • Gratitude matters

    Gratitude matters! According to the newest research studies in Neuroscience we can boost our mood and increase happiness by practicing gratitude. This is something everyone can do, adults and young people. Learn what happens when we're grateful and how we can invite success in the article titled, Become Successful by Cultivating Gratitude.

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  • Can involvement in a service club help curb screen addiction?

    Can involvement in a community service club like K-Kids can help young people curb overuse of technology that contributes to what experts are now calling screen addiction?  Learn more about how Screen Addiction is taking a toll on our children.

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  • What’s next for graduating members?

    Have your club members benefited from K-Kids? Could your graduating members continue to grow and learn with the Kiwanis family? Builders Club is the answer. Find out if the middle/high school in your area has a Builders Club. Talk with your sponsoring Kiwanis club to see if they also sponsor a Builders Club nearby. Or check these reports to see if there is a chartered club in your district. 

    If your middle school doesn’t have a Builders Club, share your experiences with school administrators. Person-to-person communication is the best way to spread inspiration about youth programs. 

    Need a little info before you ask them to consider a club? Learn more about the Builders Club program online. 

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  • Brag about your club

    Earn your club a banner patch: take just 10 minutes to let us know what your club has accomplished this year! Complete the Annual Achievement Report online, or download and print a copy. Deadline to complete the report for a patch is June 30th, 2015, however if you have a service project occurring after this date that you would like to include in the report, please contact Lisa Pyron for an extension. Patches will be mailed to clubs in August.

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