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  • Celebrate Advisor Appreciation Day on November 4


    Advisors are the sometimes-hidden but always-present forces that help each club succeed. Your work isn’t always easy, but the sense of achievement and reward is real. 

    On November 4, check your inbox for a special thank you email message from the leader of Kiwanis International. It’s our way of personally saying thank you for everything you do for your K-Kids club. We are also sharing this social media square for you, your school, and/or your community organization to upload and share with friends, family, followers and supporters. 

    Take the day’s celebration farther! Recognize your fellow advisor in any of the following ways:
    • Tag advisors you know online using the social media square to help highlight their hard work and dedication. 
    • Encourage members to write (or personally speak) messages of thanks. 
    • Craft a card with the help of club members.
    No matter what, we hope you enjoy our first Advisor Appreciation Day. Thank you for making your K-Kids club experience memorable and inspirational. 

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  • How to spread happiness: a K-Kids service project idea

    Start small. Encourage K-Kids members to try the project over holiday break. Then introduce the concept school-wide after everyone returns. 

    Make a Happiness Jar or Can 
    How it works

    The goal is to fill up the jar or can with pieces of paper that document positive moments and events. On each day of the holiday break, the K-Kids member and his or her family members write down a happy occurrence and fill up the Happiness Jar/Can. Some examples to look for: the happiest moment of the day, something for which you feel grateful, lucky tokens like event/movie tickets, or notes from friends.
     
    On the last day of break, the K-Kids member arranges with his or her family to sit together and review all the paper slips in the Happiness Jar/Can.
     
    What you’ll need
    • A jar or can
    • A pen
    • Paper (Any paper will do, but scrapbook paper can make your Happiness Jar colorful.)
    Reflection
    At the next meeting, ask the K-Kids to share one happy thing that happened during the break. Then ask them how the project it made them feel—did participation help them and their family members feel happier?
     
    Next step: Ask club members how they can expand the Happiness Jar/Can concept to the entire school. Break club members into smaller groups for discussion. Could each class have a Happiness Jar/Can? How would this be managed? When can teachers and students look at what was placed in the Happy Jars/Cans?
     
    This may seem like an unusual service project, but scientific studies show that happiness is a set of skills that can be learned. We can increase our happiness quotient by the choices we make and activities we do. Happier people learn more easily, become healthier and more productive, and show more kindness to others. Learn more about the science of happiness. And don’t forget to use K-Kids journal pages 1 – 4, 5 – 8, and 9 – 12 to help K-Kids increase their personal happiness.

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  • Kiwanis One Day is on October 22

    Kiwanis One Day—it’s the day each year when the Kiwanis family of clubs comes together in local communities. Every K-Kids club is invited to join with the rest of the Kiwanis family (Aktion Club, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Kiwanis) for a day of united service. A lot of good work gets done on this day—the kind that increases Kiwanis’ presence in the community and builds awareness about the value of service.

    In fact, Kiwanis One Day showcases the Kiwanis family in each community. Projects run the gamut from beach cleanups to book drives, playground maintenance to pet days at senior centers, health fairs to high school beatifications. Imagine the impact more than 600,000 Kiwanis family members around the world can make in one day of united service.

    Is your club participating? Share your Kiwanis One Day story in the Kiwanis One Day photo contest—and enter to win a Kiwanis Family Store gift certificate!

    For resources to help execute your Kiwanis One Day activity, visit the official Kiwanis One Day page.

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  • K-Kids contest happenings: vote and see what’s coming up!

    Having fun. Sparking imaginations. That’s what the K-Kids Best Bulletin Board Design contest is all about! Check out the entries to see which one is your favorite and vote for it! Help the entry get even more votes by sharing it on social media and asking your friends and family to vote for it, too! The winning club will receive a Kiwanis MarketPlace $100 shopping spree through Kiwanis.DollarDays.com

    November contest: Best t-shirt design (entries accepted November 1-11)
    If you think the K-Kids T-shirts in the Kiwanis Family Store are nice but prefer a T-shirt with a little more oomph, here’s your chance to make one. Create the perfect T-shirt design. Draw your picture on an 8 ½ x 11” sheet of paper or use computer software to create your work of art. Visit the 2016-17 Contest Information page to learn more.

    Want to learn about even more contests? See what else is coming up. Choose the contests you and your club members like the best and plan ahead.

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  • Get ready for Kiwanis Family Month

    The Kiwanis family is bigger than just your club. It has clubs for every age and ability: adult Kiwanis clubs, Circle K clubs for university students, Aktion Clubs for adults with disabilities, Key Clubs for high school students, Builders Clubs for middle school students and K-Kids for elementary school students.

    Take a moment this month to appreciate what other clubs in your area are doing. Reach out and share your love of the Kiwanis family with a fundraiser, service project or shared activity. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered.

    No matter how you celebrate Kiwanis Family Month, spread the word on social media. Download the “My Family Rocks” image or “Proud K-Kids Advisor” image to share on your personal accounts. For your club, there are a Kiwanis Family Month Facebook cover photo and a “My Kiwanis club proudly supports our K-Kids club” image.

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  • It’s time to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF


    Halloween season is here! For the Kiwanis family, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, fairytale costumes and ghoulish treats. It’s a chance to save lives and put the fun in fundraising—through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy, you can protect a mother and her future newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps for your project.

          1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night
              away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a trunk-or-treat.
              Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake off. The ideas are
              endless. Take a look at some of them on our website!

          2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project.
              Then add in your expenses. This total is your fundraising goal.

          3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your
              fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis family
              store. Consider asking for donations from local businesses or
              even large chain stores.

          4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels, or make
              your own flier or display. Use them to, let everyone know about
              the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the
              information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.

          5. Submit your donations. 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, 2016, your club will earn a banner
              patch.

    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org.

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