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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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  • Kiwanis club report

    As the end of the school year approaches, it’s a great time to give your sponsoring Kiwanis club a full report of what your K-Kids club has achieved. Attend a Kiwanis club meeting if possible—and make a short presentation on your club’s achievements.  Here is some information to include in your presentation:

    • Service success. Share pictures and stories from the year’s service projects, and tell Kiwanians what the club members have learned from volunteering.
    • Numbers. Show how much sponsorship means by giving the Kiwanians your club report, including the number of students in the club, total dollar amount raised, number of service projects, etc. Highlight the information included in the club’s Annual Achievement Report
    • Invitation. Encourage the Kiwanis club members to come to the last K-Kids meeting or the year-end party.
    • Feedback. Ask the Kiwanis club for ideas on next year’s service projects—and how the two clubs might be more involved with each other. 

    And don’t forget to thank your sponsoring Kiwanians! Have your club members create thank you cards, and distribute them to the Kiwanians in attendance.



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  • 5 ways to celebrate your club

    As summer approaches, take time to celebrate all that your club has accomplished. Here are five ways that advisors can show appreciation to the club and its members.

    1. Special certificates. Recognize members at the last club meeting by presenting them with a certificate for completing a successful K-Kids club year. 
    2. The year in pictures. At a club meeting, hang pictures or present a slide show of the club’s members, service projects, fundraising events and meetings. Then have members share their favorite K-Kids moments from the year.
    3. ‘Hats off to..’.. One creative way to recognize individuals for their efforts is to cut top hats out of paper and award them to those who deserve a “tip of the hat.” 
    4. A personalized video. Create a short video that commemorates the K-Kids year, honors the officers and outgoing members and features senior members giving advice to current and future members. 
    5. Handwritten notes. Taking the time to handwrite your appreciation is very special to the person who receives it. As an advisor, you can make an impact by simply writing a note to K-Kids members recognizing their hard work throughout the year. 


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  • Thanks for saving lives

    K-Kids clubs around the world participated in Eliminate Week activities to raise funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. With every US$1.80 donated, members saved or protected one woman and her future babies. 

    Millions of women in 23 countries remain to be immunized—so your K-Kids club is still crucial to saving lives. Your club can make the difference for those women and their babies with these important final steps:

    Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members when submitting all donations. Mail it to: The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268

    Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club. You can even become a Bronze, Silver, Gold or 1K Club! Check out TheEliminateProject/recognition to find out more. 

    If you have any questions, please contact campaign@TheEliminateProject.org. Thank you again for your generous support . . . and for helping the Kiwanis family change the world!

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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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