Kids (also known as Kiwanis Kids) is an international organization at
the elementary level sponsored by a
local Kiwanis club. At Safety Harbor Elementary that would be the
Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor. The goal of K-Kids is to teach the
children responsibility, leadership and service to others.
have been active at SHES for five years and have planted three gardens,
provided teacher appreciation gifts
and cards, visited nursing homes to give out handmade flowers and place
mats for the residents. We have also held other events which support
our school and community. Last year we gave over $500 to the Pinellas
County Healthy Start Program to provide cloth
diapers for new babies. Another year we gave $500 to the Mattie
Williams Neighborhood Center to provide food for the children who attend
that facility for their summer program. Additionally we raised a
large amount of money last year to help ensure that
every child at Safety Harbor Elementary was able to purchase books at
the book fairs. Two years ago we collected money at the December
Kiwanis Arts and Craft Show to provide immunizations against tetanus for
babies and mothers in under-developed countries.
This was done in conjunction with the Kiwanis International project
entitled Eliminate and UNICEF. At the holiday season, we sponsor a
party for residents of the Haven House and Grace House which help
families in difficult situations.
those of you who are not familiar with K Kids, it is the elementary
level part of the Kiwanis family. You
may be familiar with Key Club which is the high school counterpart.
There is also a club for middle school (Builder’s Club) and college
(CKI). Anyone can be a part of the Kiwanis Family.
We are very grateful this year to have two faculty advisors, Joleen Ross and Betty Eason, a parent advisor,
Rebecca Jones and two Kiwanis advisors, Lynne Burghardt and Claire Cousins.
K Kids club meets on Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the art room. All
students in grades K through 5 are
welcome to participate. There are no membership dues and no cost to
the children or parents. The only requirement is that the parent sign
permission form and make sure the child attends meetings. Income from
the school store along with a line-item amount
in the Kiwanis of Safety Harbor budget provides the funds needed for