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Prairie Elementary K-Kids have a successful year

Approximately 40 fourth graders participated in the program.

WORTHINGTON — As another school year winds down, so does another successful year for the K-Kids student organization, composed of about 40 fourth grade students from Prairie Elementary School.

The K-Kids are a group that is sponsored by and works closely with the local Early Risers Kiwanis Club. The 2021-22 K-Kids and their advisors, 4th grade teachers Ashley Doeden and Kirsten Sinnamon, met bi-weekly to discuss fundraising projects, events, and fun-filled activities.

K-Kids teaches students responsibility and the importance of helping others in their school and in the community.

The organization kicks off the year with an election of officers for the K-Kids Club. Students wishing to obtain an officer position campaigned by creating posters to hang around the school and by giving a speech to obtain their peers’ votes. This year’s officers include President Ashtyn Krohn, Vice President Kaylee Raymo, Treasurer Hendrik Ahlers and Secretary Dyson Neugebauer. Following the elections, K-Kids participated in various fundraising events for the school and community, and sold pencils throughout the year to help fund their club.

Members worked closely with their advisors to celebrate teachers and students throughout the year by handing out hot chocolate to staff and creating encouraging posters during the testing season. To wrap up the year, activities include community service projects such as picking up garbage around the school and an end of the year party for members.

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K-Kids members have worked collaboratively this year to help raise money for many important causes. One of the biggest events last fall was hosting a successful Veteran’s Day Program at the Prairie Elementary gym. On this special day, students wrote essays and poems, set up and decorated tables, and greeted and seated guests. They also served a delicious Veteran’s Day breakfast to Veterans and their families.

Throughout January, K-Kids helped facilitate our biggest fundraiser of the year — “Coins for Cancer”. Donations, collected over a one week span, benefit The Children’s Miracle Network in Sioux Falls to help raise money to cure kids’ cancer. This year, Prairie Elementary students and staff raised $10,963.16 — our biggest donation to date! Students and staff celebrated this incredible outcome with a video reveal, which featured K-Kids officers pieing Prairie Elementary janitor, Mr. Wayne.

Another fundraising event, held in March, was to organize a local food drive, which encourages students to donate non-perishable food items to the MANNA Food Pantry. This year, the collection of these food items reached 642 pounds!

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

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