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  • Eliminate Project travels to Cambodia

    The Eliminate Project Team is on-site in Cambodia! Interested in a students perspective?  Follow Avanti's blog! She is the UNICEF youth ambassador for the Eliminate Project and is documenting her travels with Kiwanis International and UNICEF through Cambodia.  Avanti is also a former Key Clubber and a current CKI member. 

    Her blog is full of photos! Great educational tool for Builders Clubs to educate their members on the Eliminate Project

    and its importance in developing countries.

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  • Young Philanthropists Work for Change in Builders Club

    There's something brewing at the Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, and it smells mighty sweet. 

    Since the Builders Club's October genesis, the school has been hosting drives to benefit charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and Pennies for Patients. Hallways are filled with bins holding loose change, extra keys and aluminum soda tabs - all to raise money for good causes.

     A duct-tape pencil pouch. Credit Abigail Crocker Ellen Metcalf shows off the club's raffle prizes. Credit Abigail Crocker Builders Club members Nathan Fournier and Raquel Medeiros explain the organization's motives. Credit Abigail Crocker

    (Left to Right) Ellen Metcalf (club co-advisor) shows off a duct-tape pencil pouch and the club's raffle prizes, and Builders Club members Nathan Fournier and Raquel Medeiros

    The student-run extra-curricular got its wings after Kiwanis Club and the Seekonk High School Key Club inspired administrators to kick-start the giving spirit at the middle school level.

    "Kiwanis is for adults; Key Club is for high school and Builders Club is for middle school," outlined Ellyn Metcalf, club co-advisor and science teacher.

    The club teaches leadership skills at a young age. According to Metcalf, without being asked, member Nathan Fournier decided to make a video to promote the club's ventures. He practiced his lines, got a willing cameraman, and then took the footage to the librarian for editing. The segment was aired on the middle school's television sets in the morning.

    "I don't think [the fundraiser] would have been as successful without Nathan's video," said Metcalf.

    The latest project: Pennies for Patients. According to Metcalf, the young philanthropists are collecting change. All proceeds will benefit children battling leukemia. She and fellow advisor Patricia Dumas have not counted up the coinage yet - but they estimate the total sum will surprise students.

    And a raffle that auctioned off student-made duct-tape flower pens and pencil bags was a hit. It raised over $50. According to Nathan, the idea wasn't hard to conspire.

    "Well duct-tape is obviously cheap...And every girl in school pretty much knows how to make the flowers," he said.

    Member Raquel Medeiros agreed with Nathan.

    "It's a fun thing to do," she said.

    Besides sharpening marketing, promotional, and leadership skills, the club also instills a sense of moral obligation to help those in need. And students are never without ambition, said Metcalf, noting students want to help with global causes, including the civil unrest in Egypt.

    "It's impressive to see them take on these projects," she said.

    Story written by: Abigail Crocker

    Full copy available here

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  • The Builders Club of Engjaskoli, Reykjavik, Iceland

    In Engjaskoli, Reykjavík is the only Builders Club in the Kiwanis District of Iceland and the Faroe islands. The Club started to meet in 1995 and got its charter in 1996. The Kiwanis-club Hofdi is the sponsoring club.

    The club-members have varied in numbers from 20 to 60, sometimes depending on what is on the agenda. The Club has had to figure out what is the most suitable way to function in our society and culture. The school culture in Iceland is different from that in the US. We have very few independent clubs in our schools that give students the opportunity of being leaders in their community. The Builder Club is a wonderful opportunity for the students of Engjaskoli and many of them have accepted the opportunity to be a part of it.

    The club in Engjaskoli has raised money by having costume balls for younger kids at school third, fourth, and fifth graders. They have varied in themes such as Halloween, Summer, Yellow, Super-heroes and so on. The Club charges for admission, sells candy and sodas and has games and prices for best costumes and dances. This has been very successful and the Club has been able to raise quite a lot of money. The club has been able to assist in buying a sound system for the school hall, trees and flowers for the school grounds and assisted the PTA in publishing the school´s phone book, to name a few projects.


    The sponsoring club, KC-Hofdi has held many meetings for the Builders Club where they serve pizza’s which is always fun. They have also invited the young club members along with their parents to their meeting where dinner was served. The young kids have also been invited to the District’s training seminar and the kids were great.

    It was a great honor for the Club when International President elect Alan Penn and his wife Jerry came to a club meeting. The Builders Club President, Ms. Sandra Yr Gisladottir put the meeting to order, in both Icelandic and English. Mr. Penn spoke to the members and was very keen on getting answers in English. He wasn’t disappointed, as many of the young members were able to reply. This was a rather short but great meeting as everyone was delighted to get the refreshments of “pizza’s and soda”. Afterwards, both Alan and Jerry got a tour of the school with the Club’s president, secretary and cashier along with the Club’s advisor and members of KC-Hofdi.

    Being the only Builders-club in Iceland can be a bit lonely and the club members would like to see more kids in Iceland belonging to other Builders-clubs.

    Written By: Kristinn Kristinsson - Iceland-Faroe District

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