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  • Show off your K-Kids club!

    Sharing with your sponsoring Kiwanis club

    It’s important for club officers to share an end-of-the-year report to the sponsoring Kiwanis club. It's the best way to let Kiwanians know the K-Kids club is making a difference—and to thank them for making it possible. 

    Since the Kiwanis advisor is a direct link to the sponsoring Kiwanis club, he or she can help K-Kids club officers request time to present at an upcoming meeting. And you can help the club officers develop their presentation.

    Here are ideas of what to include in the presentation:

    • Service success. Share pictures and stories from the year's service projects. Include personal quotes from members and describe how the club has made a difference in their lives. Tell Kiwanians what members learned from volunteering, and why the club is important to the school and local community.
    • Numbers. Show Kiwanis club members how much they matter to K-Kids. Offer a club report that includes the number of students in the club, total dollars raised, total number of service projects—and any other relevant information. Highlight whatever is most important for them to know.
    • Feedback. Were any of the K-Kids' projects similar to the Kiwanis club’s? Ask the Kiwanians—and get ideas for next year's service projects. Build momentum for the two clubs to be more involved with each other in the future. 
    • Invitation. Can your K-Kids meeting space accommodate extra guests? If so, encourage Kiwanis club members to come to the final K-Kids meeting or the year-end party. This is a great way for Kiwanians to introduce themselves observe K-Kids club culture first-hand. 

    Most importantly, don’t forget to thank your sponsoring Kiwanis club! Ask K-Kids members to create thank you cards ahead of time and distribute them to Kiwanians after the presentation.

    Sharing with your school administration

    After presenting to the sponsoring Kiwanis club, encourage club officers to give a similar presentation to school leaders. When they see how students are partnering with adults to create a positive change in the school and community, school leaders will be encouraged to support K-Kids—and engage them with new opportunities. Remember: the faculty advisor is a direct link to the school, so he or she could help the club officers personally invite school leaders to an upcoming K-Kids meeting.

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  • What’s next for graduating K-Kids

    Want your graduating K-Kids members to continue to grow and learn from service leadership? Encourage them to join Builders Club in middle school. That's the next program in the Kiwanis family, so talk with your sponsoring Kiwanis club to see if they also sponsor a Builders Club nearby. Or check the Club Information Listing report under Builders Club to see if there is a chartered club in your district.

    If nearby middle schools don’t have a Builders Club, help your sponsoring Kiwanis club tell local school administrators about the club's impact. After all, person-to-person communication is the best way to spread inspiration about youth programs.

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  • Take time to celebrate!

    Celebrating is so important. It's a way to let club members know that you appreciate what they've done—and to show them how they have developed and how much they've accomplished. Here are five ideas for your celebration:

    • Special certificates. Recognize members at the last club meeting by presenting them with a certificate for completing a successful K-Kids club year. 
    • 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.
    • ‘Hats off to...’ Cut top hats out of paper and award them to every member, with a little note on why that student deserves a “tip of the hat.” 
    • A personalized video. Create a short video that commemorates the K-Kids year, honors the officers and outgoing members, and features outgoing members giving advice to current and future members. 
    • 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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  • Coming soon: The IDEA Toolkit

    High-impact service occurs when members are fully invested in the project. In fact, the experience positively affects both members and beneficiaries—and the results last beyond the present. That's why K-Kids will introduce the IDEA Toolkit for club officers in August 2017. 

    IDEA is a four-step process for clubs to complete a high-impact service project of their own choosing—from beginning to end. With the four-step process, club officers will: 

    • Identify the Need
    • Develop the Passion
    • Execute the Project
    • Advance the Impact

    The IDEA Toolkit includes club activities, handouts, discussion notes and more to help club officers lead their club through each phase of a successful project: researching community needs, brainstorming solutions, planning a project and reflecting on the process.

    Stay tuned for updates on the IDEA Toolkit by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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  • Check out contest winners and distinguished clubs!

    Distinguished Clubs
    This year, 80 clubs were recognized as K-Kids 2016-17 Distinguished and Honor clubs (based on their Annual Achievement Reports). Faculty advisors of honored clubs will receive a banner patch to hang on the club’s banner before the beginning of the new school year. Don’t have an honors banner? Purchase one here

    Leadership Award
    The Kiwanis Children’s Fund Leadership Award recognizes outstanding K-Kids leaders. One K-Kids club member per district is eligible to receive recognition, which includes a medallion, certificate and US$100 gift card. This year four individuals have received the award.

    Other contest winners
    Best Club Impact Video
    Clubs film and post a digital video of a community service project demonstrating positive impact on the school and/or community. This year, the K-Kids Club of Xavier’s Lower School in the Bahamas District took the prize. Check out their video here. The club will receive a free US$100 Kiwanis Warehouse shopping spree.

    Best Scrapbook
    Two scrapbook categories were offered this year: an online and hard copy version. Scrapbooks share a year in the life of a K-Kids club through colorful design and photographs. This year’s winning online scrapbook entry is West Elementary School from the Missouri-Arkansas District. The winning hard-copy entry is The Coats Elementary K-Kids club from the Carolinas District. Each winning club receives a free US$100 Kiwanis Warehouse shopping spree.

    Stay tuned
    In late May, visit the contest winners page to check out one last winning entry—for Best Song on club engagement, leadership or service.

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