The Builders Club is the youngest of the children’s groups sponsored by Kiwanis, ranging in ages from 11 to 14. They may be young, but they are full of energy and ideas and want to assist however they can.
As in past years, The Builders Club kids showed up to help at the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Christmas Tree lot. They volunteered for four shifts over 3 days and logged 100+ hours of community service, helping sell Christmas trees and share some holiday cheer. Several families buying trees told Owen Jones, the club’s school advisor, that this was one of their “most enjoyable tree buying experiences ever”. Jones said, “I am super proud of the way these kids represented themselves, their club and their school.”
Another holiday project that has been a tradition for the Builders Club is to build Ginger Bread Houses. They are then donated to the YWCA of Redmond for their Families in Transition Program.
During the month of October, the club collected spare change to help women in Africa gain access to tetanus shots that protect them and their future newborns. While other kids collected candy during Halloween, KMS Builders Club asked their community to partner with them and Unicef’s Eliminate Project to make a global impact. As a result, the middle school Builders Club of 50 students surpassed their goal of $1,000 and collected $1,280 to protect 711 women and their future babies from this terrible disease.
Most recently, 18 club members showed up at the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, helping spread chocolate Easter eggs around Peter Kirk Park and dressed in Bunny and Duck costumes, greeted parents and children. These students put smiles on kid’s faces as they gave high-fives and hugs, helping make this event truly memorable.
Their final event of the year is the Builders Club Car Wash held Saturday, May 13 from noon to 3pm at 525 Kirkland Way in Kirkland. This is the club’s major and most anticipated fundraiser. They request a $7 donation for a car wash by a highly spirited and excited group of KMS students! These kids look forward to this event each year. With the funds raised, they provide a legacy gift to Kirkland Middle School. Past gifts have included the bench around the big tree in the front parking lot, a banner with the school fight song and the Kirkland’s first middle school panther flag. Come on out and support these kids and get a great car wash at the same time. It will brighten your car and brighten your day!
If you would like more information about the Kiwanis Builders Clubs, visit www.buildersclub.org . If you are interested in the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, go to www.kirkland.kiwanis.org, drop by a meeting on Wednesday at noon at The Market Street Restaurant in Kirkland or contact Tom Pendergrass, Secretary at (206) 910-1949.