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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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  • Sending “seeds of service” home

    At one of your first club meetings, have your club discuss and brainstorm what “seeds of service” means and how the club will include the theme this year. Encourage your members to share this “seeds of service” discussion with their parents/guardians. Here is a handout that club members can complete during the meeting and share with their family. 

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  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF: It's almost here!

    October is right around the corner, and the fun is just about to begin.

    Is your club ready to join Kiwanis-family clubs around the globe for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014? The donations collected by your K-Kids club will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth.

    By now, hopefully, your club has selected its project for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and you're ready to turn your plan into action. 

    Here are 4 simple steps to planning your project.:
    Set a goal. After you determine your project, estimate what you'll raise and then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal. Motivate club members by sharing the number of lives they'll save. If you can save or protect 555 lives, you’ll be eligible for the 1K patch. 
    Get your supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores. If you still need boxes, you can order them from the Kiwanis store.
    Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays, letting everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. You can even ask them to match your donations raised and get the Unity Award
    Submit your donations and get recognized. Send your donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by December 31, 2014, your club will earn a banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at www.TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition. You can do it!

     Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. We need every K-Kids club involved to help us 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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  • Ready. Set. Renew!

    K-Kids program kits for 2014–15 are filled with important resources for advisors and club members, such as advisor guides, member handbooks, member buttons, membership cards and much more! Program kits will be mailed after your renewal fee is paid.

    If you haven’t already, register and renew your club online today! Just go to the Club Renewal Center at www.kkids.org/renewal. Once your club is renewed, the program kit will be sent to your sponsoring Kiwanis club. If you need assistance, contact the Kiwanis International member services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada). Or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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