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  • Win a party with #KKidsGive

    In K-Kids clubs worldwide, more than 35,000 young leaders are learning leadership through service. They're taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. They serve their schools. They raise funds for their communities. They advocate for others.

    K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students and members are changing the world around them. Through service and leadership opportunities, K-Kids are giving back to make the world a better place.

    Now through February 29, 2016, K-Kids advisors and school staff members can show how their K-Kids club regularly gives a helping hand, raises awareness of an issue or gives money to a cause simply by sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, all individuals photographed should have a completed photo release form that’s on file with the school or K-Kids club before their photos are shared with the public.

    Each time a K-Kids advisor or school staff member tags @KiwanisKids and uses the hashtag #KKidsGive with a photo showing their club giving back to the community on Facebook or Twitter, the club will earn one entry for a chance to be one of two random winners of a US$100 Visa gift card to use to celebrate with a party of their choice.

    The following criteria are required for each entry:
            -  Post on Facebook or Twitter
            -  Tag @KiwanisKids (Facebook and Twitter)
            -  Use the hashtag #KKidsGive (Twitter)
            -  Include a caption describing the picture 
            -  Photos should only be posted by K-Kids advisors or school staff 
            -  Include at least one photo of K-Kids project or event (up to 4 
               photos per entry)
            -  Photos must be tasteful and be of good character
            -  All individuals photographed should have completed a photo
               release form on file with the school or K-Kids club before 
               their photos are shared with the public

    Winners will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2016!

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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: It's time to celebrate!

    You did it! Thanks for making 2015 the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF year yet. Your K-Kids club saved the lives of moms and babies because you chose to collect coins instead of candy. Now it’s time to celebrate! Announce your accomplishment to the school. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social to recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Give members certificates for their hard work. And don’t forget to send in your hard-earned funds to receive recognition for your work.

    Send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) for at least US$250, along with your completed gift form by December 31 to be eligible for a 2015 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF banner patch. Funds should be mailed to:

               The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
               Kiwanis International Foundation
               P.O. Box 6457 - Dept. #286
               Indianapolis, IN 46206
               ATTN: Trick-or-Treat
               Write the club name or club number on the memo line of the

    It’s important to send your check directly to the Kiwanis International Foundation so we can keep track of all funds raised by Kiwanis-family clubs.

    What’s next? If your club loved being a part of the worldwide effort to raise funds for The Eliminate Project, mark your calendars for Eliminate Week, May 2–6, 2016. Kiwanis-family clubs around the world will focus for the final time on raising funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project, just in time for Mother’s Day!

    Thanks again for being a part of our worldwide effort to change history and save lives. You are making a difference!

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  • Teaching service through fundraising

    Fun fundraisers, small and large
    A major component of K-Kids clubs is fundraising. When members fundraise to sustain future service projects, they feel more invested in those projects and in the club altogether. If you’re looking for new ideas for how to raise money, we’ve got you covered.

           1. The spelling bee. Decide the age group of the participants. 
               Promote the event around school and in the community. 
               Encourage interested participants to form teams and pay to 
               compete. Require teams to name their group and give 
               incentives to come to the competition in costume. Charge a 
               small fee at the door for spectators to root for their favorite 

           2. The cook-off. Decide how food will be served (on plates or 
               in smaller containers like cups). Invite parents and other 
               adult supporters to sign up to cook a dish from various 
               regions of the world. Promote the international food tasting 
               event around school and in the community. Charge a fee at 
               the door for tasters to enter and allow attendees to cast their 
               votes with their wallets. Check out these iconic dishes from 
               around the world for inspiration.

           3. The consignment sale. Ask everyone in your school and/or 
               members of the community to donate gently used or new 
               items. Promote popular or valuable donated items as the 
               event gets closer. Give those who donated items an incentive 
               to shop at the sale and bring their friends by giving them a 
               small discount. Charge a small fee for all shoppers to enter. 
               Consider asking local businesses to provide additional 
               coupons to every person who makes a purchase.

           4. The penny war. Each team decorates a container to collect 
               coins. Use two-liter soda bottles or five-gallon water jugs so 
               you can see what you’re earning. Print the name of the class 
               or grade and teacher on the container. Students bring pennies 
               to school and donate to their team’s container. They receive 
               one point for each penny placed in the container. Students 
               can sabotage the progress of the other teams by placing silver 
               coins (nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars) in their containers. 
               Each silver coin subtracts points from that container. A nickel 
               subtracts five points; a dime subtracts 10 points, and so on. 
               Check out this penny war toolkit for more info.

           5. The dance-a-thon. Determine where the event will be held. 
               Raise funds through pledges (for every hour danced), direct 
               donations to the event, or by charging each dancer a set 
               amount to enter. Ask local businesses to donate prizes to be 
               given away throughout the dance. Prizes can be awarded for 
               best costume, most money pledged, or at random. If the event 
               lasts several hours, make sure there is plenty of water available 
               and take advantage of the opportunity to sell food and drinks. 
               Consider periodic breaks to keep dancers happy and use down 
               time share your fundraiser in conjunction with the #KKidsGive
               contest. Need more info to get you started? Check out this
               to-do list.

    Want more ideas? Download the fundraising ideas book for SLPs to share with your club. If your fundraisers are successful, share your results! Contact Kelly Wallace for a chance to be featured internationally. Be sure to include details of the experience, photos of it in action and personal quotes from members.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International staff

    Nicole Harris was born in Avilla, Indiana. She is a former Circle K member and is a current Kiwanian. Most recently, Nicole was the 2014-15 president of the Kiwanis Club of North Central Indianapolis.

    As the Member Engagement Specialist, Nicole handles Key Club social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat), writes and sends Key Club weekly emails to members and manages Youth Opportunities Fund grants.

    “It’s amazing to work with individuals who disprove the common generalization that youth today are too self-centered and don’t care about their communities,” Nicole says.

    Nicole earned a bachelor of science with a major in arts management and a minor in business from Ball State University in 2012. The two things she loves most are her cat, Luna, and pizza. In her spare time, Nicole does freelance design and photography.

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  • Connect. Share. Engage.

    November is Kiwanis Family Month. This is the perfect time to connect, share and engage with others in the Kiwanis family. Here are a few ways you can participate:

    Connect with other K-Kids advisors.
    Contact your district administrator and find out if there are other K-Kids clubs in your area. If so, reach out to them and see if there are ways to collaborate.

    Share your K-Kids pride.
    Download and post this ‘Proud K-Kids advisor’ image on your social media accounts. Along with the image, share why you love K-Kids and how long you’ve served in your role. Encourage other K-Kids volunteers to do the same.

    Kiwanis-family members may download a ‘My Family Rocks’ image or the ‘Kiwanis Family Month’ Facebook cover photo to upload and use on your profile.

    Parents may download and post this ‘Proud parent of a K-Kid’ image on their social media accounts to let friends and family know how proud they are. Include a link to so others can learn more about the awe-inspiring work your K-Kid is doing in the community.

    Engage with your community.
    Invite other Kiwanis-family clubs in your area to your K-Kids meetings and events. Each club can share how they are each making a difference in the community and you can make plans to serve together.

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  • Bowling Green K-Kids Participate in Make a Difference Day

    In honor of Make A Difference Day, the Bowling Green K-Kids members attended the Trunk-or-Treat Street Fair at the Massapequa Train Station in New York. The event was presented by the Massapequa Moms, Long Island Loyalty and the Joey Foundation.

    K-Kids members distributed candy to trick-or-treaters and ran a craft table where visitors made Halloween decorations using paint color sample cards. Visitors making decorations were asked to donate $1 to fund construction of a new roof for the Bethel Primary School in the island nation of the Jamaica.

    The K-Kids club received a little more than $150 in donations, which will be used for the memorial plaque acknowledging donors who contributed to the new roof project. A partnership between the Hopewell Kiwanis Club and the Joey Foundation made this project possible. 

    Involvement in this service project presented a unique opportunity for K-Kids club members to make new friends. Plans are currently underway to set-up a pen pal program between the Bethel Primary School students in Jamaica and the Bowling Green K-Kids in New York.

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