PARSIPPANY — Fifth Grade Student, Kevin Maass, is the Treasurer of K-Kids Club of Eastlake Elementary School. K-Kids Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany.
In K-Kids clubs worldwide, more than 36,000 children are learning leadership through service. They’re taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. They assist the elderly with chores or organize community food drives.They serve their schools, raising funds for sports equipment and extracurricular activities. This year Eastlake Elementary School held a Toy Drive for Toys for Tots. The students filled up the front showcase with new unwrapped toys. K-Kid Advisor Kara Baltuch delivered five large contractor bags filled with toys to the Livingston Police Department who than distributed to them to those in need. The co-advisor is Mary Coen.
In January the K-Kids held a food drive for the food pantry where food was collected for Pantry located at the Parsippany Christian Church on Vail Road. The students had an overwhelming response. They collected the food each morning and at the end of the drive sorted the food by type and helped load the van.
Throughout the year the students have been selling school supplies on Friday. With the funds they have raised and the children recently voted to donate money to the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter and Operation Smile. There was a healthy discussion about different charities and why they would be a good place for us to make a donation.
The K-Kids are currently working on decorations for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Eastlake.
On Monday, March 27 they began their “Pennies for Patients Drive” that helps support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
In big and small ways, they’re changing the world around them. But the most significant change happens in the kids themselves.
As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.
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