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Column: Another successful year for Prairie Elementary K-Kids

By CORY VAN BRIESEN, District 518

WORTHINGTON — As we begin to approach the end of another school year, we are also looking at the end of another successful year for the K-Kids student organization, comprised of over 100 third- and fourth-grade students from Prairie Elementary. The K-Kids are a group that is sponsored by and works closely with the local Early Risers Kiwanis Club organization.

The 2013-2014 K-Kids and their advisors, teachers Josh Langseth and Cory Van Briesen, meet every other Friday in the elementary gym to discuss many fun-filled activities along with important fundraising projects.

Some of the activities planned throughout the school year for the K-Kids members include election of officers, an open-gym after-school event, cookie decorating prior to Christmas break and selling pencils to fellow students. Members also work closely with their advisors to plan dress-up days during Homecoming week, as well as during a “Beat the Winter Blues” week. Two more fun activities include a bowling outing planned for the first week in May and an end-of-the-year breakfast for all K-Kids members and their parents.

Members have also put in a lot of time and effort in helping to raise money and pay tribute for many important causes. Early in the year, K-Kids helped the Early Riser Kiwanis collect freewill donations during “Peanut Day” that helps fund youth service projects in the area.

One of the biggest events on the schedule was hosting a successful Veteran’s Day Program at the elementary gym. On this special day, students wrote essays, decorated placemats, set up tables, greeted and seated guests, and served a delicious Veteran’s Day breakfast prior to the Veteran’s Day program.

The K-Kids organization sponsored a local food drive in which they encouraged fellow students to donate non-perishable foods to the local food shelves. This year students were successful in collecting over 600 pounds of food. Members also look forward to the annual “Pennies for Patients” fundraising event. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A Prairie Elementary record of $5,301.87 was raised by Prairie Elementary students and staff this year. Students celebrated this event with a school-wide “Pie in the Face” event that featured many staff members receiving a “facial” from several students chosen from each grade level.

In closing, the K-Kids organization has had another successful year and feels blessed to be sponsored and supported by such a wonderful local organization as the Early Risers Kiwanis.

This year’s officers and sponsors look forward to working with this group again next year and wish next year’s K-Kids members continued success.