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  • Club’s accomplishments not trivial

    Winfield Middle School Builders Club They’re the Fruit Loops, also known as the Winfield Middle School Builders Club trivia team, and they tested their intellectual prowess at the annual CASA Trivia Night in Winfield, Kansas.

    The club was looking for a fun way to help children in need when it decided this past April to participate in Trivia Night, says Jalaine Richardson, faculty advisor and member of the Winfield Kiwanis Club, sponsor of the Builders Club.  The contest is an annual fundraiser for CASA of Cowley County, an organization that represents abused and neglected children in court and works to find safe and nurturing homes for them.

    The Fruit Loops, sponsored in the event by the Kiwanis club, competed against 16 adult teams at the event, the first time youths have ever participated. “The team came up with its own name and made hats, jewelry and table decorations,” Richardson says.  “They also helped out behind the scenes, setting up tables, podiums and microphones, and providing drinks, keeping score and acting as hosts and hostesses.

    For its efforts, the team garnered Best Decorated Table honors. “But most importantly,” Richardson notes, “they had fun helping raise money for children served by CASA.”

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  • Earth-friendly in La Mesa

    Mesa lightbulb bag prep.Its members already are and, thanks to their efforts, so is their school!

    “Our Builders Club is trying to make La Mesa Junior High an earth conscientious and energy-efficient school,” says club member Nicole Acquaviva.

    The newly chartered club kicked off this past school year, for example, by participating in the 14th annual Santa Clarita Valley River Rally and Environmental Expo, and event for families, community and school-service groups and neighborhoods looking for ways to make a difference in their community. The event is tied to California’s Coastal Cleanup Day and about 30 members of the club joined other volunteers in cleaning up a portion of the Santa Clara River.

    The club also launched a school-wide recycling project, helped the San Fernando Boys & Girls Club build a playground in one day, took part in an Earth Day project and raised enough money throughout the year to provide each student with one compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).Mesa students with lightbulbs.

    “By using CFL light bulbs, instead of regular bulbs,” Acquaviva notes, “students at La Mesa can save enough energy to light more that 3 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equaling to emissions of almost 800,000 cars!”

    You can read more about the La Mesa Builders Club and its light bulb project in the upcoming edition of Builders Bloc. 

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  • Students join Kiwanis club

    The Kiwanis Club of St. Johns 707, Michigan, gained 22 hard-working helpers earlier this year. That’s the number of students at St. Johns Middle School who were inducted into a newly chartered Builders Club the Kiwanis club is sponsoring. And according to Becky Maleski, faculty advisor, the Builders were quickly introduced to selecting and implementing community-service projects at the school and throughout the community.

    One of the first projects completed by the two Kiwanis-family club was a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s, raising  $2,000 to help pay an outstanding balance owed on the construction of the Veterans’ Memorial in downtown St. Johns.  The fundraiser was a huge success for local veterans, as well as Kiwanis and the Builders Club members.  

    The charter presentation included representatives from the Kiwanis club and the Kiwanis district.

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