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  • Planning your Trick-or-Treat Outing

    Halloween is your club members’ chance to save lives and have fun—for less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy. It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps to pass along to club members so they can plan their project:

    Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a "trunk-or-treat." Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake-off. The ideas are endless. Click here to find a few!

    1. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal.
    2. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes at the Kiwanis Family Store. Do you need decorations, food or costumes? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores. Don't forget to download these coloring pages that will help you track personal fundraising goals from home.
    3. Promote your event. Check out our social media graphics to promote your event online. Or make your own flier or display. Let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. And share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    4. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, along with the donation form. If your club submits US$250 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations by December 31, 2018, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for helping the Kiwanis family eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For more information, visit our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF webpage. Or email The Eliminate Project campaign staff.

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  • Kiwanis Youth Protection

    Together, Kiwanis advisors and faculty advisors play an important role in the protection of K-Kids members. It’s all part of providing an environment in which they learn to become leaders. 

    Faculty advisors to K-Kids are encouraged to read the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and share the school’s own youth protection policies with the sponsoring Kiwanis club.

    Kiwanis advisors to K-Kids are required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International on file with the Kiwanis club, and to follow all school policies regarding youth safety. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting Kiwanis members too. 

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary to update your information in the Kiwanis secretary dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system. Once your status is updated, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check.

    All background checks are kept confidential. Individuals will not be notified if the background check is clear. It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club secretary dashboard as clear.

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  • Suicide Prevention Month

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide each year in the United States, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. Learn about resources that can help raise awareness and prevent the loss of life.


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  • The power of awe

    Researchers describe awe as "that sense of wonder we feel in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world." People commonly experience awe in nature. According to researchers, experiencing awe diminishes the emphasis on the individual self and encourages people to improve the welfare of others.


    Here's an easy way to introduce club members to the experience of awe. View nature up close and personal with the help of Explore.org's nature cams. That's right, club members can watch live nature cams in real time and watch gorillas in Africa, brown bears in Alaska, pandas in China, or bison in Canada.

    Club members can experience awe without leaving the classroom. Visit explore.org/livecams or download the Explore2Go app. Connect with the natural world by viewing wildlife in national parks, wildlife reserves, farm sanctuaries and animal rescues.

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  • Sneak Peak: K-Kids Program Kit

    The K-Kids kits include great resources! Members will find materials to help make 2018-19 a memorable year. 

    Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s kits:


    • Member handbooks. Encourage students to refer to the handbook regularly. This year, it includes a calendar for planning events, and it’s handy for sharing information with parents. 
    • Member pins. Ensure members receive a pin so they can show their K-Kids pride. Designate a day each week (preferably club meeting day) for members to wear their pins at school.
    • Officer and advisor pins. In addition to the member pin, give each advisor and officer a pin to reflect his or her title. Host a club officer installation to honor new officers. 
    • Pledge poster. Help members remember the K-Kids pledge by hanging this poster in your club meeting room. 
    • Officer guides. These guides are designed specifically for each club officer role (president, vice president, etc.). Each guide is unique to a position’s responsibilities, but all are designed with the same basic structure—with job descriptions, tools to help plan or prepare, resources and helpful websites, and checklists of responsibilities. 
    • IDEA Toolkit. Encourage club officers to lead activities using this toolkit. Members will Identify the Need, Develop the Passion, Execute the Project and Advance the Impact of future community service projects using this resource. 
    • Table tents. Table tents include the title of each club officer to use during club meetings. Consider laminating them to keep them in good condition, or collect them after every meeting. 
    • Advisor guide. Created for both the faculty advisor and the Kiwanis advisor, this guide is filled with information and tips for supporting a K-Kids club. 



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  • Membership kits coming in September

    The 2018–19 membership kits will be mailed to all active clubs in September. To help ensure your club receives its kit with enough materials, reach out to the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary and have them complete the following steps by August 31:

    1. Log into the Membership Update Center at www.kiwanis.org/login. Choose the Kiwanis club that sponsors the K-Kids club.

    2. Select the secretary dashboard icon from the menu on the left side of the screen. Scroll down to the Sponsorships section and select the pencil icon next to the K-Kids club that the club sponsors.

    3. Update club information. Confirm or update the membership count.

    4. Update the mailing address. Verify or update the mailing address (include the attention address line) to which the membership kit should be shipped. If a mailing address is not updated, the kit will be mailed to the Kiwanis club secretary.

    Repeat steps 2 - 4 for each K-Kids club that the club sponsors.

    WHAT WILL I RECEIVE IN THE K-KIDS PROGRAM KIT?
    The program kit includes essential tools to help you guide club members throughout the year. Learn more about the items included in each renewal kit.

    WHAT IF I NEED MORE MATERIALS OR HAVE QUESTIONS?
    If your K-Kids club has more members than provided in the member kit, supplemental kits can be ordered starting October 1 through the Kiwanis club’s secretary dashboard or from the Kiwanis International Member Services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada) or e-mail memberservices@kiwanis.org. Additional kits cost US$25 and include member materials for 25 members. Payment must be received before additional kits will be shipped.

    WHAT IF I ENCOUNTER ISSUES WHEN RENEWING ONLINE?

    Contact the Kiwanis International Member Services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada) or e-mail memberservices@kiwanis.org. We'll work with you to complete the registration process.

    Thank you for supporting K-Kids!


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  • Congratulations, contest winners!

    Hard copy submissions:

    • First place winner: Connolly K-Kids, New York district
    • Second place winner: Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    • Third place winner: Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district

    Online submissions:

    • First place winner: Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Second place winner: Kimberly Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Third place winner: Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district 



    Congratulations to:

    • Zuri of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    • Shane of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district



    Congratulations to:

    • Faculty advisor Amey Watts of Pathways Academy K-Kids, Alabama district 
    • Faculty advisor Tameka Hanna of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Latia Spence of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Moss Antionette of Faithway Christian Academy K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Faculty advisor Corlette Kerr of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Lesa Warrick of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district 
    • Kiwanis advisor Jamie Morrison of Coats Elementary School K-Kids, Carolinas district 
    • Faculty advisor Francis Bilianis of Bowling Green School K-Kids, New York district 
    • Faculty advisor Angela Meyer of Freedom Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Faculty advisor Crystal Miller of Heritage Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district 
    • Faculty advisor Dr. Jessica Wilson of Granville Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district



    Congratulations to: 

    • J’Vonna of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Vanessa of Cleveland Eneas K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Nastacia of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Daunte of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Jewel of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Allie of Carlin C. Coppin K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Asher of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district 
    • Shane of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Hannah of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district 



    Congratulations to the following distinguished clubs: 

    • Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district
    • Dawes Intermediate K-Kids, Alabama district
    • Pathways Academy K-Kids, Alabama district
    • St. Thomas More K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Progress Academy K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Palmdale Primary K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Adam Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Bear Mountain Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Madera K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Carlin C. Coppin Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Crest Elementary School K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Matthew Whaley K-Kids, Capital district
    • Bunnel Elementary K-Kids, Florida district
    • Finegan Elementary School K-Kids, K-Kids Club, Florida district
    • Suncoast Elementary School K-Kids, Florida district
    • Bunnell Elementary K-Kids, Florida district 
    • Oak Mountain Academy K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Peeples Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Willis Road Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Lexington Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district
    • Snacks Crossing Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district 
    • Sacred Heart Academy K-Kids, Michigan district
    • Walker Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Berlin New Hampshire K-Kids, New England district
    • Willow Grove School K-Kids, New Jersey district
    • Cape May Elementary K-Kids, New Jersey district
    • West Sand Lake Elementary K-Kids, New York district
    • Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district
    • Grant Scholl K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Family Life Before & After Care K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Horace Mann K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Independence K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Walter Kidder Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Heritage Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Freedom Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Unity Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Crescent Harbor Elementary K-Kids, Pacific Northwest district
    • Verbum Dei School K-Kids, Phillipine Luzon district
    • Jackson Elementary K-Kids, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district
    • Robbins Elementary K-Kids, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district 

    Congratulations to the following honor clubs: 

    • Sandilands Primary K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Dana Elementary K-Kids, Carolinas district
    • Elm Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Vienna Finley Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district
    • Northside Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Palmyra Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Kooser K-Kids, Nebraska-Iowa district
    • Miller Hill Sand Lake K-Kids, New York district
    • Lincoln Heights K-Kids, Pacific Northwest district 
    Reports will continue to be accepted until August 15, 2018. Any submissions after that date WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
    This list will be updated every Wednesday until August 16, 2018.






    Notice any information that needs to be updated? Let us know by contacting the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647 ext. 411 or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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  • Honor your club’s supporters

    Appreciation doesn’t need to be formal to be profound. Volunteers who feel noticed and appreciated are much more likely to keep supporting your club — and to spread the word about the work you’re doing. No matter how much people have helped your club, they all deserve recognition for their contributions.

    In the United States, there are a few upcoming opportunities:

    Here are some ideas to get members started:

    • Make a bulletin board. Decorate using a theme and incorporate the names and photos of all the volunteers who have supported the club. Take a photo of the bulletin board and incorporate it into club communications, such as a newsletter or social media channels.
    • Pick up the phone. Either individually or as a group, members can reach out to thank each volunteer. Record the call and show your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    • Put it in writing. Host a card-making meeting where members are encouraged to get creative. Use stickers, incorporate photos of past service projects, or craft pop-up art to make each thank-you note personal and meaningful.
    • Host a recognition event. Ask a local business to help sponsor a breakfast, lunch or award ceremony. It’s a great way to get help with hosting. Incorporate a public recognition aspect to mention volunteers’ specific contributions.

    Need more ideas? Check out the K-Kids Pinterest board for more fun and easy examples. 

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  • International Day of Happiness


    Why is happiness important? Because happy people are healthier, more resilient and kinder to others. The good news is that we can all become happier. In fact, science says we can re-wire our brains for happiness by conducting specific practices! Here are a few ideas:

    Happiness wall
    Hang butcher paper the length of a wall in a main corridor or in the cafeteria. Provide post-it notes and markers. Each student writes what makes him or her happy on the post-it note and places it on the butcher paper. 

    Happiness garland 
    During lunch in the cafeteria, provide markers and blank 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets of paper. Each student will draw what makes him of her happy. Hang a length of rope from one end of a wall to another in a prominent area. Use clothes pins, paper clips or tape to attach finished drawings to the rope. 

    Gratitude tree
    Hang butcher paper in a prominent area and have club members draw a tree trunk with branches on it. The tree should be drawn without leaves. Use green construction paper to cut out the shape of leaves. Cut enough leaves for each student at school. During each lunch hour, distribute leaf cut-outs and markers to students. Each student should write down one thing for which he or she feels grateful. After writing on the leaf, each student tapes it to the tree. Watch as the leaves of gratitude fill the branches of the tree!

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  • How K-Kids benefits elementary schools


    Every person has leadership potential, and K-Kids clubs provide a forum for young leaders to unlock theirs. K-Kids helps students accept their own identity as a leader, enhances their knowledge of how to be a leader who is others-centered, and develops their ability to move an idea into purposeful action. 

    Here’s a few reasons why K-Kids is great for all elementary schools, and why you should ensure your club continues in the future:

    Elementary school students want to help and can focus on others. K-Kids provides a way for students to channel their energy into a positive and productive purpose. The club allows members to serve others and to contribute to their school and community.

    Elementary school students are learning right from wrong and seek to understand ethics. K-Kids is a safe place for youth to begin to learn about the outside world and the bigger issues at hand. Members internalize the club experience and can more clearly identify values.

    Elementary school students are self-reflective and are forming their own thoughts and opinions. K-Kids gives members the opportunity to feel good about themselves as they improve the lives of others. 

    Elementary school students’ minds are expanding, and they love to learn and plan. K-Kids provides opportunities to serve in leadership roles, learn parliamentary procedure, and apply abstract concepts to think outside themselves and impact others. Members take what they learn in the club and apply it to real-life.

    Elementary school students need to move and play. K-Kids members learn by completing service projects they choose themselves. They decide which hands-on experiences they want, and how to do them. 

    Elementary school students want to experiment and seek the opportunity to try new things. K-Kids allows youth to take their interests and passions and explore them further through service.

    Elementary school students are social. K-Kids allows members to engage with peers and build relationships. Members work together to accomplish shared goals. K-Kids members practice effective communication skills. Advisors serve as positive adult role models who can intervene with group dynamics when necessary. The sponsoring Kiwanis club can have a great impact as well. 

    For more information about how K-Kids impacts members, check out the online advisor education course K-Kids 201: Knowledge. Tools. Strategies.

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