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  • Congratulations, contest winners!

    Hard copy submissions:

    • First place winner: Connolly K-Kids, New York district
    • Second place winner: Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    • Third place winner: Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district

    Online submissions:

    • First place winner: Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Second place winner: Kimberly Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Third place winner: Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district 



    Congratulations to:

    • Zuri of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    • Shane of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district



    Congratulations to:

    • Faculty advisor Amey Watts of Pathways Academy K-Kids, Alabama district 
    • Faculty advisor Tameka Hanna of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Latia Spence of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Moss Antionette of Faithway Christian Academy K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Faculty advisor Corlette Kerr of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Lesa Warrick of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district 
    • Kiwanis advisor Jamie Morrison of Coats Elementary School K-Kids, Carolinas district 
    • Faculty advisor Francis Bilianis of Bowling Green School K-Kids, New York district 
    • Faculty advisor Angela Meyer of Freedom Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Faculty advisor Crystal Miller of Heritage Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district 
    • Faculty advisor Dr. Jessica Wilson of Granville Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district



    Congratulations to: 

    • J’Vonna of Saint Thomas More Primary School K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Vanessa of Cleveland Eneas K-Kids, Bahamas district 
    • Nastacia of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Daunte of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Jewel of Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Allie of Carlin C. Coppin K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Asher of Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district 
    • Shane of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Hannah of Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district 



    Congratulations to the following distinguished clubs: 

    • Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district
    • Dawes Intermediate K-Kids, Alabama district
    • Pathways Academy K-Kids, Alabama district
    • St. Thomas More K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Xavier’s Lower School K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Progress Academy K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Palmdale Primary K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Adam Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Bear Mountain Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Madera K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Carlin C. Coppin Elementary K-Kids, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Matthew Whaley K-Kids, Capital district
    • Suncoast Elementary School K-Kids, Florida district
    • Bunnell Elementary K-Kids, Florida district 
    • Oak Mountain Academy K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Peeples Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Willis Road Elementary K-Kids, Georgia district
    • Lexington Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district
    • Snacks Crossing Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district 
    • Sacred Heart Academy K-Kids, Michigan district
    • Walker Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Batesville West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Berlin New Hampshire K-Kids, New England district
    • Willow Grove School K-Kids, New Jersey district
    • Cape May Elementary K-Kids, New Jersey district
    • West Sand Lake Elementary K-Kids, New York district
    • Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district
    • Grant Scholl K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Family Life Before & After Care K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Horace Mann K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Independence K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Walter Kidder Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Heritage Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Freedom Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Unity Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district
    • Crescent Harbor Elementary K-Kids, Pacific Northwest district
    • Verbum Dei School K-Kids, Phillipine Luzon district
    • Jackson Elementary K-Kids, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district
    • Robbins Elementary K-Kids, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district 

    Congratulations to the following honor clubs: 

    • Sandilands Primary K-Kids, Bahamas district
    • Vienna Finley Elementary K-Kids, Indiana district
    • Northside Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Palmyra Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • Kooser K-Kids, Nebraska-Iowa district
    • Miller Hill Sand Lake K-Kids, New York district
    • Lincoln Heights K-Kids, Pacific Northwest district 
    Reports will continue to be accepted until August 15, 2018. Any submissions after that date WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
    This list will be updated every Wednesday until August 16, 2018.






    Notice any information that needs to be updated? Let us know by contacting the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647 ext. 411 or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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  • Honor your club’s supporters

    Appreciation doesn’t need to be formal to be profound. Volunteers who feel noticed and appreciated are much more likely to keep supporting your club — and to spread the word about the work you’re doing. No matter how much people have helped your club, they all deserve recognition for their contributions.

    In the United States, there are a few upcoming opportunities:

    Here are some ideas to get members started:

    • Make a bulletin board. Decorate using a theme and incorporate the names and photos of all the volunteers who have supported the club. Take a photo of the bulletin board and incorporate it into club communications, such as a newsletter or social media channels.
    • Pick up the phone. Either individually or as a group, members can reach out to thank each volunteer. Record the call and show your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    • Put it in writing. Host a card-making meeting where members are encouraged to get creative. Use stickers, incorporate photos of past service projects, or craft pop-up art to make each thank-you note personal and meaningful.
    • Host a recognition event. Ask a local business to help sponsor a breakfast, lunch or award ceremony. It’s a great way to get help with hosting. Incorporate a public recognition aspect to mention volunteers’ specific contributions.

    Need more ideas? Check out the K-Kids Pinterest board for more fun and easy examples. 

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  • International Day of Happiness


    Why is happiness important? Because happy people are healthier, more resilient and kinder to others. The good news is that we can all become happier. In fact, science says we can re-wire our brains for happiness by conducting specific practices! Here are a few ideas:

    Happiness wall
    Hang butcher paper the length of a wall in a main corridor or in the cafeteria. Provide post-it notes and markers. Each student writes what makes him or her happy on the post-it note and places it on the butcher paper. 

    Happiness garland 
    During lunch in the cafeteria, provide markers and blank 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets of paper. Each student will draw what makes him of her happy. Hang a length of rope from one end of a wall to another in a prominent area. Use clothes pins, paper clips or tape to attach finished drawings to the rope. 

    Gratitude tree
    Hang butcher paper in a prominent area and have club members draw a tree trunk with branches on it. The tree should be drawn without leaves. Use green construction paper to cut out the shape of leaves. Cut enough leaves for each student at school. During each lunch hour, distribute leaf cut-outs and markers to students. Each student should write down one thing for which he or she feels grateful. After writing on the leaf, each student tapes it to the tree. Watch as the leaves of gratitude fill the branches of the tree!

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  • How K-Kids benefits elementary schools


    Every person has leadership potential, and K-Kids clubs provide a forum for young leaders to unlock theirs. K-Kids helps students accept their own identity as a leader, enhances their knowledge of how to be a leader who is others-centered, and develops their ability to move an idea into purposeful action. 

    Here’s a few reasons why K-Kids is great for all elementary schools, and why you should ensure your club continues in the future:

    Elementary school students want to help and can focus on others. K-Kids provides a way for students to channel their energy into a positive and productive purpose. The club allows members to serve others and to contribute to their school and community.

    Elementary school students are learning right from wrong and seek to understand ethics. K-Kids is a safe place for youth to begin to learn about the outside world and the bigger issues at hand. Members internalize the club experience and can more clearly identify values.

    Elementary school students are self-reflective and are forming their own thoughts and opinions. K-Kids gives members the opportunity to feel good about themselves as they improve the lives of others. 

    Elementary school students’ minds are expanding, and they love to learn and plan. K-Kids provides opportunities to serve in leadership roles, learn parliamentary procedure, and apply abstract concepts to think outside themselves and impact others. Members take what they learn in the club and apply it to real-life.

    Elementary school students need to move and play. K-Kids members learn by completing service projects they choose themselves. They decide which hands-on experiences they want, and how to do them. 

    Elementary school students want to experiment and seek the opportunity to try new things. K-Kids allows youth to take their interests and passions and explore them further through service.

    Elementary school students are social. K-Kids allows members to engage with peers and build relationships. Members work together to accomplish shared goals. K-Kids members practice effective communication skills. Advisors serve as positive adult role models who can intervene with group dynamics when necessary. The sponsoring Kiwanis club can have a great impact as well. 

    For more information about how K-Kids impacts members, check out the online advisor education course K-Kids 201: Knowledge. Tools. Strategies.

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  • Congratulations to our contest winners!

    First place: Walker Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district
    Second place: St. Thomas More K-Kids, Bahamas district
    Third place: Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district 


    First place: Minisink Valley Intermediate K-Kids, New York district
    Second place: Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district
    Third place: Citrus Grove Elementary K-Kids, Florida district 



    First place: Joseph Finegan Elementary K-Kids, Florida district

    Second place: Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    Third place: West Elementary K-Kids, Missouri-Arkansas district 

    First place: Granville Elementary K-Kids, Ohio district 
    Second place: Capitol Hill Montessori K-Kids, Capital district
    Third place: Gulf Shores Elementary K-Kids, Alabama district

    View all remaining contest opportunities, due May 1, at kkids.org/contests.

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  • Advance your club's impact with IDEA

    The final and fourth step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Advance the Impact. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at kkids.org/IDEA to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have reflected on and celebrated your achievements, and shared with others what the club has learned.

    Goals: 

    • Club members will think about what they accomplished and celebrate their successes.
    • Club members will look at the impact made by their service project and figure out where they can improve.
    • Club members will share the results of their service project with others.
    • Club members will make plans to continue serving others in their school and community.

    Planning:
    Advisors and club officers should:

    • Read through all the outlines and worksheets included in the Advance the Impact section of the IDEA Toolkit. 
    • Work together to decide which activities will be accomplished during meetings and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officers will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.


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  • Recruiting drive! 5 tips to get started

    Elementary school students are enthusiastic and energetic volunteers. They also love to learn and master new skills. Tap their potential in your school and community by asking current K-Kids members to think of ways to recruit new members.

    Here is a sample plan consisting of five steps for putting together a recruitment drive:

          1. Discuss. The club officers could lead a discussion on why the club
              needs more members—and how inviting other students to join
              can have a positive impact on them.

          2. Brainstorm. The club can discuss how to motivate other students
              to join. Helpful questions include: What are simple ways that
              we can ask others? Should we hold a special event? Are there
              places such as announcement or bulletin boards where we can
              post an invitation?

          3. Plan. The club should start planning the details of their
              recruitment drive: the responsibilities of each member, the
              timeline and deadlines for the event, talking points regarding
              why students should join, etc.

          4. Execute. Encourage members to show their K-Kids pride as they
              host their recruitment drive. Members should be able to express
              why others should join, how to join and what the club's upcoming
              activities are.

          5. Celebrate. Once the new members are initiated and welcomed,
              celebrate the club’s recruitment efforts with a small party or
              member rewards.

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