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  • The importance of reflection

    We do not learn from experience. … We learn from reflecting on experience. ~John Dewey, American philosopher

    Reflection is a critical part of any service project. It gives members a chance to process what they learned from the experience and to think about what they can do moving forward. As an advisor, you may notice the impact of reflection in greater self-confidence, stronger problem-solving skills and an increased connection between members.

    There are many ways to encourage reflection. Here are three suggestions:

    Peer interviews. Members can pair up and ask each other questions about their experience and then share their answers with the group. The club can brainstorm interview questions or use this reflection guide.

    Presentation. The club can collaborate on a video or slideshow about their service project and present the slideshow to school administration, as well as the sponsoring Kiwanis club or the organization they served. Or all three!

    Journal. A personal or group journal encourages reflection at each stage of the service project (brainstorming, planning and execution). After the final entry, members can use journal notes to write an article — and submit it to the local or school newspaper.

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  • Congraulations to the best poster, essay and speech contest winners

    Congratulations to the best poster, best essay, and best speech contest winners.

    Best Poster — Minisink Valley Intermediate School, New York Kiwanis District
    Best Essay — Gulf Shores Elementary School, Alabama Kiwanis District
    Best Speech — Gulf Shores Elementary School, Alabama Kiwanis District

    If your club didn’t have an opportunity to participate in December, more contest opportunities are available. Submit entries by May 1, 2019, for the following recognition opportunities.

    Annual Achievement Award
    Kiwanis Children’s Fund Leadership Award
    Distinguished Club Officers
    Distinguished Advisors
    Best Scrapbook

    Visit the K-Kids contest page to learn more.

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  • Share gratitude on Valentine's Day

     

    Begin planning now and help club members celebrate gratitude during Valentine’s Day by thanking others. Work with club members to compile a list of all the people who help them on a daily basis. The list might include the bus driver, custodian, cafeteria workers, school nurse, school counselors, and teachers. Club members may also want to work together to make Valentine’s care packages filled with letters and drawings to send to nursing home residents or to military personnel serving abroad. 

    Be sure to provide opportunities for a discussion prior to selecting a project to help students develop a passion around appreciation and to connect this passion to the project. Going through this process with the club members allows them to discover their passion for giving and helping others. 

    Here are 25 + Valentine's Day crafts for kids that are sure to please. 

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  • Connect with Builders Club

    K-Kids puts students on the path to lifelong servant leadership. Help them stay on that path after elementary school. Encourage members to join Builders Club in middle school. In fact, get them familiar with the program now! We have ideas for making a lasting connection.

    Reach out to the Builders Clubs in your area and see if the two clubs can collaborate. Here are suggestions:

    • Share about Builders Club. Encourage K-Kids members to visit the Builders Club website and learn more about what Builders Club members do. 
    • Find Builders Clubs in your area and attend each other’s meetings. This is a great way for the two clubs to support each other and even combine their efforts as they make a difference in the community. When members are regularly in each other’s presence, the clubs can learn from each other and share ideas. Find Builders Clubs in your state/district.
    • Serve together. Encourage the club presidents to coordinate a project in which members from both clubs serve side by side. Check out Builders Club projects. This might spark ideas. 
    • Be social. A great way the two clubs can get to know each other is through fellowship. This can be something as simple as a pizza party or a tour of the high school. Plan an event during K-Kids week in February.  It’s an opportunity for elementary school students who are curious—maybe even a little nervous—about middle school to have a relaxed setting to explore and ask questions. K-Kids members should take the opportunity to ask Builders Club members what it’s like to be in middle school. Work with your members to brainstorm questions, so they go in feeling comfortable asking the teens about their experiences. 
    • Start a Builders Club. If there isn't a Builders Club in the middle school that graduating K-Kids members will attend, empower them by providing members with the resources to build one
    • Share your K-Kids/Builders Club connection. If your K-Kids Club successfully connected with a Builders Club, let us know what you did. Email kiwaniskids@kiwanis.org.


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