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Step-by-step guide

This easy-to-use guide will help you plan your K-Kids Eliminate Week.

1. Get Informed.

Share information about The Eliminate Project with K-Kids members. Use the helpful resources on The Eliminate Project website. The informational brochure is a great starting point. 

2. Decide Which project to do.

How will your club celebrate Eliminate Week? There are so many options. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Penny war
    A penny war is a fun way to encourage friendly competition between classrooms or grade levels—while raising funds for The Eliminate Project. The object of the penny war is for each team to collect as many pennies as possible while sabotaging the other teams with nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars. Check out the penny war toolkit to learn more.
  • Spirit week
    Celebrate a week of themed days with fundraisers built in. Try a dollar day when students contribute a dollar to wear jeans instead of a uniform. Or a fun hat day, a pajama day or a dress-like-a-baby day. The possibilities are endless! Find helpful tips and tools for hosting a spirit week in the Builders Club Eliminate Week guide: Plus: Here’s a helpful schedule designed just for K-Kids.
  • The fundraising idea brochure
    If a penny war or spirit week isn’t quite the right fit for your club, don’t worry! There are plenty of other great suggestions on the fundraising idea page. Find a downloadable “idea book” handout and inspiring ideas at

3. Engage school staff. 

Invite the school principal and the parent-teacher group representative to a K-Kids club meeting to learn about your club’s plans for Eliminate Week. When you earn their support, you’ll set the stage for a successful event. (Don’t forget to ask the club secretary to take meeting notes so you can keep track of all the ideas and advice people share.) 

Questions to ask the principal
• What’s the school’s fundraising policy?
• Can we make announcements to the student body and in the school newsletter?
• Can we hold an assembly to kick off Eliminate Week?
• Can we decorate the hallways and cafeteria?
• Can we hold a classroom fundraising competition?

Questions to ask the parent-teacher group representative
• What’s the best way for us to work together?
• Will you promote this event to the parent-teacher group?

4. Plan and celebrate Eliminate Week

Your Eliminate Week celebration will be a success if you start with a plan. Use the step-by-step guide and schedule designed just for K-Kids.

5.  Track your progress.

The week of the event, take time to celebrate successes. This will motivate everyone to continue participating. Using visuals to show progress of funds raised is a great motivator!

Chart progress with a progress chain
Club members can display a paper chain made up of links representing each US$1.80 donated. Why US$1.80? It’s the cost of the three doses of vaccine that protect a woman and her future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus. Use The Eliminate Project progress chain template to create a paper chain. Each link displays the image of a vaccination syringe.  Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your chain:

1. Hang the paper chain in a prominent area for everyone to see.

2. Assign project-tracking tasks to K-Kids members for each day of Eliminate Week. You might ask individual members or groups to:

  • Collect and count donations each day.
  • Calculate chain links needed by dividing total donations for the day by US$1.80.
  • Make more progress chains and add the correct number of links.
  • Announce contribution totals during morning announcements each day.

6. Send in your donation.

When the fun is done, K-Kids will collect donations and total their earnings. They’ll count coins, roll them into coined jackets and deliver them to the bank. Then they’ll deposit funds earned into the sponsoring Kiwanis club’s service account or the school’s K-Kids service account. Then the club will need someone to request a check for the amount deposited. Make the check or money order payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation, complete the Kiwanis Family Giving Form and send the check to:

      The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
      Kiwanis International Foundation
      3636 Woodview Trace
      Indianapolis, IN 46268

Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check so you can earn recognition for your club’s efforts. Be sure to note that the donation is for The Eliminate Project.

Find out more about Kiwanis family recognition opportunities.

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