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K-Kids Club

Program Description:

K-Kids is the Service component of the Kiwanis Kids program. K-Kids clubs provide elementary school students with their first opportunity to learn about organizing projects that help others. Members work together in service to the school and the community. Members develop basic leadership skills and strong moral character. There are four student elected positions – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Sergeant of Arms. The students learn how to lead and run meetings, how to set agendas and goals, and how to serve and support our community. This club is lead by two teachers, with stipends funded by PTA, and supported by two parent advisors. This club was chartered in 2015 and is supported by the local Mercer Island Kiwanis Club. K-Kids Club is also supported by Mercer Island High School Key Club students, who attend meetings and mentor K-Kids Club members.

All projects in K-Kids Club are generated by its student members – and executed with support from adult advisors and high school Key Club members. K-Kids Club’s focus was homelessness in its first year – executing a very successful toiletry drive throughout the school. All toiletry supplies were donated to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, and distributed to those in need in neighboring communities. In addition, K-Kids Club planted flowers, made blankets for the homeless, and spent time with our Veterans. In year two, K-Kids Club members sought to support a schoolmate with leukemia by designing and selling bracelets. The campaign raised more than $4,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, the effort generated media interest and was featured in the local newspaper, on television news, and online.

2017-18 Leaders

Teacher advisors: Lisa Bienstock and Jacqueline Florence

Parent advisors: Julia Hokanson and Stephanie Parmenter (kkidsclub@lakeridgepta.org)

Kiwanis Liaison: Barbara Tivnan (retired Lakeridge teacher and former advisor)

Who is Eligible?

This opportunity is available to 2nd – 5th grade students.  To participate in K-Kids Club, we ask that your child complete the application form (link below), and commit to attending at least one meeting per month.

Registration:

Lakeridge K-kids Club has limited spots for membership, and members will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis, with priority going to returning K-Kids Club members. Parents of interested students need to complete the K-Kids application form available HERE and return it to the front office. Forms will be accepted through September 28, 2017. If you have any questions, please email kkidsclub@lakeridgepta.org.

Cost: FREE

Location: Room 16

When do meetings occur?

K-Kids meetings will be the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month (with a couple of exceptions) after school, from 3:45-4:45 pm. We also anticipate having some offsite visits, either during our scheduled meeting times or at additional times to be discussed.

2017-18 Meeting Dates:

  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • December 7
  • January 4
  • January 18
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • April 19
  • May 3
  • May 17 (last meeting)

Permanent link to this article: https://lakeridgepta.org/pta-departments/student-enrichment-clubs/k-kids-club/