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13 clubs receive grants under new program

Jul 17, 2018

From making sure children have clean clothes and school supplies to offering them opportunities to learn and grow, Kiwanis clubs around the world are making remarkable things happen for kids and communities. And thanks to your generosity, the Kiwanis Children's Fund was able to award grants to these 13 clubs for their projects. Learn more about the Club Grant program here.

Kiwanis Club of Dawn Busters, Metairie, Louisiana, Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District: The club's Rewards for Reading program uses encouragement, prizes and fun to get kids to read. Children who read a book and pass a test receive a ticket for a drawing at a twice-yearly assembly. Over 10 years, the club's program, which is now in 20 schools, has given away 400 new bikes plus thousands of dollars' worth of passes for bowling, laser tag, baseball games and gift certificates for area restaurants. Most importantly, the kids have read more than 1 million books.

Kiwanis Club of Greater Kingston, Washington, Pacific Northwest District: Students in kindergarten through 12th grade get to pick their own backpacks and school supplies in late August at the Back-to-School Store staffed by Kiwanis volunteers. The club collects items during the summer and purchases more expensive supplies, such as calculators. At the event, students also receive free books, and a local food bank provides free clothing.

Kiwanis Club of Easton, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania District: Working with the Boys & Girls Club, these Kiwanians are building a community garden and playground in a low-income neighborhood. Children will be involved in every step, from watching plants develop from seedlings to planting to harvesting. The club will hold a Harvest Time Festival cookout for the neighborhood.

Kiwanis Club of Jackson, Michigan, Michigan District: In honor of its 100th anniversary, the club will replace aging, unsafe playground equipment at Kiwanis Park. The club recently built a pavilion, renovated bathrooms, replaced picnic table tops and installed landscaping. The club also holds an annual Halloween party at the park for the neighbors, a quarter of whom live below the poverty level.

Kiwanis Club of Pleasant Grove, Dallas, Texas, Texas-Oklahoma District: Since 1995, the club has been sending 70 to 80 children each summer to Jerry's Dream Camp. Without Kiwanis' help, most of these children would never experience the summer rite of swimming, boating, putting on talent shows and playing games at camp. But most of all, they receive attention, love and encouragement.

Kiwanis Club of Wu Ku, Taiwan, Taiwan District: For 12 years, the Wu Ku club has been supplementing the education of children who live in remote areas or whose families need assistance. The club conducts classes to help children ages 6 to 11 with academics, art and music. They also teach the kids how to do household chores, and they take the families on outings.

Kiwanis Club of Goshen, Maple City, Indiana, Indiana District: This Kiwanis club created Tools-4-School 12 years ago when it learned how many teachers used their own money to buy school supplies for students. The program makes sure students at nine elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools have the items they need to be successful. Teachers select what they need for their classrooms, ranging from basic supplies to white boards and science equipment.

Kiwanis Club of Taman Desa, Malaysia, Malaysia District: With 150,000 refugees seeking shelter in its district, the Taman Desa Kiwanians saw an opportunity to serve children. The club plans to hold Key Leader weekends for 100 Myanmar refugees ages 12 to 18, many of whom can't attend public school but receive their education from religious organizations while they wait for relocation to other countries.

Kiwanis Club of Tattnall County, Georgia, Georgia District: Poverty is a way of life for 25 percent of the children in Tattnall County. Caregivers struggle to provide enough food and clothing, let alone pay for luxuries such as overnight summer camp. As part of a desire to give these families hope and encouragement, the Kiwanis club started a weeklong summer camp for children ages 7 to 12. In addition to typical camp activities such as field trips and camp fires, the campers receive four sets of clothes and hygiene items. In its third year, the camp was able to serve 60 kids.

Kiwanis Club of Sincelejo, Colombia, Colombia District: In the small community of Policarpa, the public school reflects the poverty of most of its families. The school had one bathroom for 95 students. To make school a safe and healthy place for children, the club built two bathrooms and repaired the teacher's bathroom. The improvements were accompanied by hygiene education. Club members also worked with teachers and students to promote reading.

Kiwanis Club of Taichung Port Nu, Taichung Hsien, Taiwan, Taiwan District: For 10 years, this club has held an overnight science camp for underprivileged children. Under the supervision of Key Club and Kiwanis members, the children spend a night enjoying activities at a community center before going to the Taichung National Science museum the next day.

Kiwanis Club of North Platte-Buffalo Bill, Nebraska, Nebraska-Iowa District: This club is building a western-themed playground at Scout Rest Ranch, the home of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Members also plan annual additions to enhance its appearance. This will be the club's third major playground in the North Platte community, and they use expertise from previous projects to keep installation costs down.

Kiwanis Club of Oakland Park, Florida, Florida District: Ten years ago, the club created the OPK Backpacks Plus program to feed children and their families in the community. The club collects food for 35 backpacks, which they deliver to four elementary schools each week. They also provide bags of food for senior citizens through a free health clinic. Additionally, the club prepares and delivers 60 Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It is building a garden to grow its own produce.