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  • Penny war makes cents

    The Builders Club at  Lockhart Junior High School waged war recently—a penny war to raise cash for the Caldwell County Sheriff Association’s Brown Santa Program. The program collects toys and money for children from less-fortunate families. With the money it raised, the Builders Club was able to purchase a Play Station and Guitar Hero, Sing Star Pop and other games for a local children’s home. The fundraiser capped off a fruitful holiday season for the club during which it also prepared a breakfast for their teachers and donated gift certificates to the students at local elementary schools.

    The activity is typical of those launched by the club. During the past year club members:

    • Hosted an Easter party for the children attending the Cub House, a day-care facility for children of high school students. Club members formed committees and divided up the work, including sending invitations, decorating, games, snacks, hat decorating and an Easter egg hunt. Bad weather forced the Easter egg hunt indoors to the library, which turned out to be great because there were lots of hiding spaces—all of them low.

    • Attended weekly meetings its sponsoring Lockhart Kiwanis Club, where they gleefully reported on their activities and enjoyed free lunches.  

    •  Participated in a district-wide project let by Nancy Miller, governor of Kiwanis’ Texas-Oklahoma District. Miller requested that each Kiwanis club donate $100 to the Galveston Kiwanis Club to help replenish the books in the Galveston Library. Builders Club members joined the cause by donating many of their personal favorites.

    Contact Information:
    Lockhart Junior High School (B01792)
    1015 City Line Road
    Lockhart, Texas   78644-2572
    Faculty/Kiwanis advisor: Laurie Terrell (


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  • Warming hearts and souls for autism awareness

    Inspired by their faculty advisor’s desire to promote autism awareness, the Builders Club at McKenzie Middle School selected the disorder as its service focus for the spring semester. Projects include helping special-needs children at Bethel College’s Autism Institute with their therapy sessions. With support from its sponsoring Kiwanis club of McKenzie, Builders raised more than $600 selling handmade fleece scarves. The money is being used to provide additional therapy for youths with autism.

    Autism is a neurological disorder that affects multiple areas of development, including language and behavior No two instances of Autism are alike and the rate of reported autism cases is on the rise. One out of every 150 children is now diagnosed with the disorder. 

    Autism awareness has long been a passion for Rikke Curtis, the Builders Club advisor. Thanks to the McKenzie Middle School Builders Club for making it their passion as well.

    Contact information:
    Builders Club of McKenzie, Tennessee (# B03358)
    McKenzie Middle School
    106 Woodrow Ave W 
    McKenzie, Tennessee  38201 
    Faculty advisors:  Donna Lacey and Rikke Curtis

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  • What haven’t they done?

    The Builders Club at Avalon Middle School , with help from its sponsoring Kiwanis Club of East Orange County, had a busy start to the year. Almost 30 prospective members attended the club’s first meeting, electing officers, and coordinating an “Ice Rescue” event to collect items for two local pet-rescue organizations.

    At a Healthy Husky Day event, Builders Club members helped the two organizations—Lotsa  Love Rescue and Faith, Hope and Love Rescue—by  setting up, running games and helping with cleanup.  

    Other activities during the year include participating in: Education Day at Waterford Lakes Town Center; the Orange County Kick Off for Relay for Life at the ELC; Walk for Autism at Disney’s Wide World of Sports; and selling bracelets for Breast Cancer awareness month.

    The club’s ongoing project is Avalon’s Big Give collection of new hats and scarves for cancer patients. For more information, check out the school’s Web site. The site also includes information about PAWS for a Cause and the upcoming Relay for Life activities.

    Contact information:
    Avalon Middle School (B04354)
    13914 Mailer Blvd
    Orlando, Florida  32828-4883
    Faculty advisor: Rebecca Poffenberger (
    Kiwanis advisor: Dave Schmitt (

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  • Need more patches to decorate your banner?

    Need more patches to decorate your banner?

    Here are some ideas to help you earn yours:

    • The Kiwanis family helps children experience the joy of reading by conducting Read Around the World projects throughout the year. As a member of the Kiwanis family, what can you do? Read to children, then give them books they can cherish again and again. To receive a banner patch to recognize your club for its Read Around the World efforts, complete this online banner patch order form.
    • Honored and Distinguished Club Recognition: The Builders Club Annual Achievement Report captures a club’s activities throughout the year. It reinforces the mission and value of the program and rewards clubs for dedication to service to school and community, fundraising and donation activities, and Kiwanis-family activities. The report is due by May 1. See form for complete details.
    • Kiwanis One Day is a chance for Kiwanis-family clubs to work together to meet the needs of their communities. If your club is interested in receiving a patch for participating, complete the online banner patch form.
    • March for Babies, formally WalkAmerica, is one of America's favorite fundraising and walking events! Builders Clubs are encouraged to participate in their local walk and can earn a banner patch by raising more than $250. Visit March of Dimes to sign up online and to find the date and location in your area.  On the site, you can register as a new or returning walker. Make sure you register as a Builders Club team! If you have any questions, contact your local March of Dimes chapter. Find your local chapter by clicking “find a march” in the purple bar and entering your ZIP code in the box under the map. Use this form to submit your donations.

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