Kiwanis 4 Kids

Aladdin Roque-Dangaran

As the school year ends, I feel that this would be a good time to remind our members, student leaders, and the community about why we do what we do. At least for me, I joined the K-Family and chose a career in education as a way to give back to my community. But teachers do not teach to just feed students information. We, as Kiwanians do not just sponsor our student leaders and let them do whatever they want. Our purpose is to build a legacy of passion. Teachers are meant to help build students up so that they are able to find their passion in life and have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue it. As Kiwanians, we are building young leaders that can one day complete the cycle of service and inspire new leaders in their community. Like all legacies, they all have the possibility to crumble. But what keeps them strong is the passion that the members have for it; for what they do; for what they believe in. So, I challenge you to keep this legacy going strong over the summer. Yes, as Kiwanians, it may be easy, but what about your student leaders? They are in vacation mode! But yet it is our duty to help them keep that passion strong throughout these next three months so that they are even stronger once they go back to school.
Kiwanis4Kids Collection — During the month of April we had our first collection for our Kiwanis4Kids project. We originally started this project to donate school supplies and canned foods to Title 1 schools (schools that have majority families with low SES). The first school that we picked was Ka`ala Elementary School in Wahiawa, and it was a success. Leilehua High School Key Club donated about 3 full boxes of school supplies and canned foods. When I went to drop off the donations at Ka`ala, Vice Principal Mr. Wetzel was surprised and grateful for how much was collected. Part of the reason I feel that this project was successful is because it was for something within Leilehua’s community and some of the Key Clubbers may have had siblings or relatives attending that school. This just goes to show that people will be more invested in what they are doing when it becomes meaningful for them.

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