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Column: District 518 celebrates K-Kids successes

By District 518

WORTHINGTON — As another school year winds down, so does another successful year for the K-Kids student organization, comprised of over 90 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.

The 2018-2019 K-Kids and their advisors, fourth-grade teachers Ashley Doeden and Kirsten Sinnamon, met 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 for officers of 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. Following the elections, K-Kids participated in two open-gym celebrations, various fundraising events for the school and community, and sold pencils throughout the year to help fund their club. Members also work closely with their advisors and the Early Risers Kiwanis to create teacher appreciation gifts for all staff members and delivered hot chocolate to all staff at Christmas time. To wrap up the year, activities include an end of the year party for members and an end-of-the-year breakfast for all K-Kids members and their parents planned for May.

K-Kids members have worked collaboratively this year to help raise money for many important causes. In October, K-Kids helped the Early Riser Kiwanis collect free-will donations during “Peanut Day” that helps fund youth service projects in the area. One of the biggest events on the schedule for November was hosting a successful Veteran’s Day program in the Prairie Elementary gym. On this special day, students wrote essays and poems, set up 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, “Pennies for Patients.” Donations, collected over a three-week span, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help raise money to cure children’s cancer. This year, Prairie Elementary students and staff raised a total of $9,682.84 — our biggest donation to date! Students and staff celebrated this incredible outcome with a “Pie in the Face” assembly, which featured many staff members receiving a “facial” from several students chosen from each grade level. Another fundraising event, held in March, is 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 a grand total of 587 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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