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  • What's right with our schools?

    What's right with our schools? According to one Edmond, Oklahoma elementary school it's the Kiwanis Bring Up Grades Program. Take a moment to watch  news coverage about the the Centennial Elementary School and how students are raising grades with a little help from the local Kiwanis club and a unique academic achievement program known as BUG.  

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  • Club service project: Spreading seeds of service challenge

       

    Challenge your club members to plant their “seeds of service” daily. Ask students to brainstorm a list of random acts of kindness. During the next club meeting, have them reflect on the acts of kindness they accomplished by completing this handout and discussing it as a group.

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  • Project Happiness

       

    October is Bully Prevention Month, and Key Club has teamed up with nonprofit organization Project Happiness to empower students to create greater happiness within themselves and their communities. Discover more about Project Happiness’s science-based curriculum and how to start a “Happiness Movement” at www.keyclub.org/projecthappiness. And check out the resources Project Happiness made specifically for elementary and middle school students.

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  • Coming soon: 2014–15 contest information

       

    This year’s contest info, criteria and themes will be announced soon, so stay tuned! Individual contest categories still include creative writing, speaking and drawing, but they’ll also include an additional category that’s even more fun. Club contest categories will include Club Single Service, Scrapbook and one more creative option. The Kiwanis Foundation Leadership Award, which honors one outstanding leader from each district, and Distinguished Club and Honor Club recognition will remain the same.

    Expect to hear more about contests in the November edition of the K-Kids Advisor Newsletter.

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  • Club service project ideas

       

    Now is a great time to start planning your club’s holiday service projects. Organize a food or clothing drive, volunteer at a soup kitchen or spend an evening caroling and visiting with residents at a nursing home. Or coordinate a “rake and run” project: Club members rake leaves for people in the community who might need a little extra help.

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  • Kiwanis Family Month

    November is Kiwanis Family Month! This is a great time to show your K-Kids pride and connect with other Kiwanis-family clubs in your area. Prepare for Kiwanis Family Month by:

    Planning a project. Plan a joint service project with members of your sponsoring Kiwanis club. For service project ideas, refer to pages 17–28 of the advisor guide.
    Learning more about the Kiwanis family. Reach out to the other Kiwanis-family clubs in your community such as Aktion Club, Key Club, Circle K, or Builders Club.
    Spreading the word. In your school or organization, tell students about your K-Kids club and invite new members to join. For member recruitment ideas, refer to page 46 of the advisor guide.

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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: It’s here!

         

    Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. It’s the perfect opportunity for your K-Kids club to make a difference in the lives of women and babies around the world as we work together to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Just US$1.80—less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy—provides a series of three doses of vaccine, which protects a mother and her future newborns. Here’s how your club can take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.


    1. Forgot to order boxes? Don’t worry! You can print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays to let everyone know about your club’s activities and opportunities to donate.

    2. Have fun and save lives. Babies with tetanus will never have a chance to go trick-or-treating. We can change that. Encourage your club members to raise money by collecting donations while trick-or-treating, or find new ideas and inspiration. When going door to door, tell people why you’re collecting coins. Not sure what to say? Use one of these scripts. Don’t forget to thank your donors. Print and hand out these thank-you cards or create your own.

    3. Send in your funds. When your fundraising is done, send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) and your completed gift form to:
      The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
      Kiwanis International Foundation
      3636 Woodview Trace
      Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA
      ATTN: Trick-or-Treat  
      Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check.

    4. Get recognized. If you submit US$250 in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations before Dec. 31, 2014, your club will earn a banner patch. And don’t forget that if you protect more than 555 lives, your club will be eligible for a 1K patch. Get your Kiwanis club involved, and double your lifesaving impact and earn the Unity Award together with your Kiwanis club!

    Thank you for all you and your club are doing to help women and babies around the world. We need every K-Kids member to help Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs reach our US$3 million goal to save or protect more than 1.6 million moms and babies. Visit www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org for more information.

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  • What's new in the kit?

    In this year’s K-Kids program kit, you’ll find a few new or refreshed items that will help you support your club. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new items:

    Advisor guide. This tool is filled with information and tips on how to support a K-Kids club, including a calendar checklist, service and fundraising project ideas and much more. The kit will contain two copies, one each for the faculty and Kiwanis advisor. Guides are also available as a free download online.
    Member buttons. The buttons will have a more traditional design this year. Each Kiwanis service leadership program will have a similar look and will be a better representation of the Kiwanis family.
    Poster. The poster will feature the club’s pledge. Hopefully, this will help your members build pride in their club.
    Family service project. This project—which is part of this year’s “Seeds of Service” theme—is something club members can take home and participate in with their families. As part of it, club members will plant and grow vegetables, so it might be best to distribute this activity in the spring.

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  • Worldwide Day of Play is coming!

    Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play—a special day that encourages children to get outside and engage in active play—is Saturday, September 20, 2014. Are you ready?
     
    Help the kids in your community get outside and get moving with Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon. Your club could host a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball shoot-out or soccer tournament. How about a bike rodeo to teach children about bike safety while you promote healthy lifestyles? Work with other Kiwanis-family members to make this year’s event the best yet.
     
    Plan your Worldwide Day of Play activities today! Go to www.nick.com/play to learn more and register your event. meeting room. At the end of the year, your club can read through the chain and remember all of their great service projects!

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  • Tracking service hours

    Want a creative way to show your club members the impact they’re making in their school and community? Try making a paper chain! Use the links in a paper chain to represent the club’s total hours of service. 

    To make a paper chain, simply cut colored paper lengthwise into two-inch strips. When your club finishes a service project, have each member who participated write the date and a description of the service project on one of the strips of paper. (The chain will have one loop for each hour of service completed by that member.) Then, paste, tape or staple the ends of the strip together to form a loop. Attach the loops together to make a chain. 

    Continue attaching loops to the chain as service projects are completed. Hang the chain in your club meeting room. At the end of the year, your club can read through the chain and remember all of their great service projects!

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