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  • Seeds of Service: The vision stage

    Has your club been following the service project investigation process for Seeds of Service? If so, it’s time for the third and final stage: the vision stage. Need to catch up? Check out the inspiration and issue stages on our website. In the vision stage, members use the results of their research to develop a plan for their project. Here is an activity to help you lead club members through this stage and to finish the investigation process.

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  • 5 fun ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher Appreciation Week is almost here! In 2015, the annual week for students in the U.S. to show their gratitude will be May 4–8. It’s a perfect time for your club to connect with educators and have a little fun. Here are five small, creative gift ideas: 

    • Hand sanitizer with a note: "HANDS down, you're the best teacher around.” 
    • A nice pair of scissors with a note: "You're a CUT above the rest."
    • Coffee mug and latte packets with a note: "Thanks a LATTE for all you do!" 
    • A bag of popcorn with a note: "For a very POPular teacher."
    • Mug and tea bags with a note: "For a TEArrific teacher."


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  • It's Election Time!

    Thanks to K-Kids, members answer their call to lead. One avenue toward development is club leadership—whether as a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary or other officer. April is the suggested time to hold your club’s elections, so you’ll also have time to transition and train new officers. For outlines of the election process, see pages 32–39 of the K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide. You’ll also find guidelines for officer training. After the elections, share the results and introduce the new officers to your club’s sponsoring Kiwanis club. You might even consider including Kiwanians in the officers’ training!

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  • Family Service Project: Time to sow “seeds of service”

    It’s finally time for the Family Service Project! Remember, it’s a way to encourage club members to keep serving others even when they’re not in school—and to get families involved as well. In your club renewal kits, you should have received lettuce seed packets and a Family Service Project instruction guide. At an April club meeting, distribute one seed packet and a copy of the guide to each member. Encourage them to follow the instructions with their families. You might want to review the activity with members as well. Give ’em a little summer momentum . . . and keep up their spirit for service!

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  • Eliminate Week: Are you ready?

    Eliminate Week—an especially fun and easy way to support The Eliminate Project before Mother’s Day—is right around the corner! Now’s the time to finalize your plans for this year’s Eliminate Week, May 4–8. Raise awareness and funds to help end maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world. Use this Eliminate Week graphic on your school’s website or social media page to promote your club’s events.
     
    The big week is almost here. Need ideas? Here are a few that your club can still do. Don’t forget to work with your school administration for any needed permission or cooperation.

    • Host a hat day. Ask students to donate US$1 to wear a hat during the school day. 
    • Collect spare change. Have students decorate cans, cups or even milk jugs using the cutout toolkit. Then organize a club effort to ask fellow students in the lunchroom to donate—telling them that even spare change can help protect mothers and babies around the world.
    • Host a penny war. The object is for each team in the school to collect as many pennies as possible, adding fun by “sabotaging” the other teams with nickels, dimes and quarters.
    More ideas and resources can be found at KiwanisKids.org/EliminateWeek. After your project is complete, fill out the online form for your 2015 Eliminate Week patch. Celebrate club member’s accomplishments!


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  • Issue stage: Seeds of service project

    The time for your club members to complete the seeds of service family project (included in the club renewal kit) is almost here. But first, the club needs to continue completing the service project investigation process. There are three stages to including youth in the investigation process of planning a service project: the inspiration stage, issue stage and vision stage. In the February edition of the K-Kids newsletter, you learned about the inspiration stage and how to help your students find their passion for a cause that would benefit from a service project. It is now time for the issue stage where K-Kids members research the cause or service project selected. Here is an activity to help you lead your club members through this stage. 

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  • The investigation process of a service project

    Involving your club members in the full planning process for a service project can create a big impact and will encourage them to become service leaders. Before executing a service project, have your members engage in the investigation process of a service project. Let’s review the three stages included in the investigation process. 

    The inspiration stage is when youth find their passion for a cause that would benefit from a service project. To help students in this stage, start asking these types of questions: What do you care about? What matters most to you? What can we do to make a difference? What type of service project should we do? Who will our service benefit? It is perfectly okay if your members cannot answer all of these questions because they will be researching these questions more fully in the next stage of the investigation process. 

    The issue stage is when K-Kids members research the cause or service project selected. They need to have a good understanding of the problem or the cause. This is where they can interview professionals, talk to individuals in need and read about the issue to discover what’s currently being done. During this stage, youth begin to fully understand why their service project can be beneficial to the cause and why it is important for them to be involved with the cause.

    The third and final stage of the investigation process is vision. During this stage, youth devise a plan on how they can make the most significant impact. They will need to use what they learned in the issue stage to help them develop a vision. They should answer questions such as: What is currently being done for this cause? Can we join other volunteers or service projects to make a difference? Or, is it better to come up with a new project? How can we inspire others to join us?

    Engaging K-Kids members in this initial stage of a service project will inspire the members. They will be more closely connected to the core issues they are addressing, and they will be more invested in the success of the project. When the project is complete, and you reflect back on this initial stage, you can help club members identify how they strengthened their leadership skills through the process.

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  • Contest entries: There’s still time!

    Two weeks left! The deadline to turn in your club’s contest submissions to your district administrator is April 1st. Show off your talented club members and your club’s success by entering into the K-Kids contests. Get all of the contest details, including contest categories, rules and entry information from the contest booklet.  District winners will then be judged by Kiwanis International. Winners of the international judging will receive one or more of the following: medallions, certificate or trophy. Good luck!

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  • Electing new officers

    April is the ideal time to elect new club officers for the next school year. In March club meetings, begin talking about the responsibilities of the club officers and ask members if they are interested in running for a position. Hold the election in April so that the new club officers have time to meet with the outgoing club officers and start learning and preparing for their new role. For more resources on how to hold an election, see pages 32-39 of the K-Kids & Builders Club advisor guide.

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  • Plan your Kiwanis One Day project

    Each year, all members of the Kiwanis family are encouraged to serve together on Kiwanis One Day. This year, Kiwanis One Day is Saturday, April 11, so mark your calendars and start planning your projects! The goal of Kiwanis One Day is to team up with as many members of the Kiwanis family as possible to work on a service project. There are no rules or restrictions, so be creative! 

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