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  • International Day of Happiness

    Why is happiness important? Because happy people are healthier, more resilient and kinder to others. The good news is that we can all become happier. In fact, science says we can re-wire our brains for happiness by conducting specific practices! Here are a few ideas:

    Happiness wall
    Hang butcher paper the length of a wall in a main corridor or in the cafeteria. Provide post-it notes and markers. Each student writes what makes him or her happy on the post-it note and places it on the butcher paper. 

    Happiness garland 
    During lunch in the cafeteria, provide markers and blank 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets of paper. Each student will draw what makes him of her happy. Hang a length of rope from one end of a wall to another in a prominent area. Use clothes pins, paper clips or tape to attach finished drawings to the rope. 

    Gratitude tree
    Hang butcher paper in a prominent area and have club members draw a tree trunk with branches on it. The tree should be drawn without leaves. Use green construction paper to cut out the shape of leaves. Cut enough leaves for each student at school. During each lunch hour, distribute leaf cut-outs and markers to students. Each student should write down one thing for which he or she feels grateful. After writing on the leaf, each student tapes it to the tree. Watch as the leaves of gratitude fill the branches of the tree!

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  • How K-Kids benefits elementary schools

    Every person has leadership potential, and K-Kids clubs provide a forum for young leaders to unlock theirs. K-Kids helps students accept their own identity as a leader, enhances their knowledge of how to be a leader who is others-centered, and develops their ability to move an idea into purposeful action. 

    Here’s a few reasons why K-Kids is great for all elementary schools, and why you should ensure your club continues in the future:

    Elementary school students want to help and can focus on others. K-Kids provides a way for students to channel their energy into a positive and productive purpose. The club allows members to serve others and to contribute to their school and community.

    Elementary school students are learning right from wrong and seek to understand ethics. K-Kids is a safe place for youth to begin to learn about the outside world and the bigger issues at hand. Members internalize the club experience and can more clearly identify values.

    Elementary school students are self-reflective and are forming their own thoughts and opinions. K-Kids gives members the opportunity to feel good about themselves as they improve the lives of others. 

    Elementary school students’ minds are expanding, and they love to learn and plan. K-Kids provides opportunities to serve in leadership roles, learn parliamentary procedure, and apply abstract concepts to think outside themselves and impact others. Members take what they learn in the club and apply it to real-life.

    Elementary school students need to move and play. K-Kids members learn by completing service projects they choose themselves. They decide which hands-on experiences they want, and how to do them. 

    Elementary school students want to experiment and seek the opportunity to try new things. K-Kids allows youth to take their interests and passions and explore them further through service.

    Elementary school students are social. K-Kids allows members to engage with peers and build relationships. Members work together to accomplish shared goals. K-Kids members practice effective communication skills. Advisors serve as positive adult role models who can intervene with group dynamics when necessary. The sponsoring Kiwanis club can have a great impact as well. 

    For more information about how K-Kids impacts members, check out the online advisor education course K-Kids 201: Knowledge. Tools. Strategies.

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