Osage City Kiwanis promotes service and leadership with student programs

By Dave Azwell

The Osage City Kiwanis Club supports the children of USD 420 with a number of service leadership programs at the various schools. Faculty advisors, some of whom are club members, and other staff members provide invaluable guidance for students in the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

The purpose of service leadership programs is to touch on various aspects of school life and personal enrichment some of which include promoting service, leadership, academics, good citizenship and cooperation as integral parts of their education. It also requires that they become familiar with fundraising as a way to help provide funds for their activities and to support special events or other organizations.

Service leadership programs include Key Club (high school), Builders Club (middle school) and K-Kids (elementary school). The BUG (Bring Up Grades) program is also active in the elementary school. Each club operates independently with their own rules and regulations, officers and activities. In addition to participating in school and community functions, they recycle papers and magazines at the schools in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club and provide volunteers for the annual Kiwanis chili feed and pancake breakfast. The Kiwanis Club in turn provides guidance when necessary, funding when needed, and other goods and services when required.

Kiwanis also provides funding for many activities and events at the schools besides the service leadership programs. Some of which include Key Leader conference, scholarships for graduating seniors, the elementary W.A.T.C.H DOGS program, elementary school’s emergency buckets, After Prom, the wrestling club, Boys State participants, school plays, and educational performers. Serving the children of Osage City is the primary goal of Kiwanis.

To find out more about Kiwanis, attend one of their meetings. They meet at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Monday in the Osage City Santa Fe Depot, at Fifth and Market. Use the north door.

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