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  • Builders for home-schooled too

    Heather and Bradley Pepple carry on the Builders Club tradition in a nontraditional way. Though the siblings are home-schooled, they fulfill their passion for service as charter members of the Builders Club at Crossroads Christian School in Moody, Alabama.

    “Builders Club is a very good way to meet people, use your talents and meet community needs,” Heather says. “You get to help everyone who needs help, even though we don’t get paid for it.”

    More than 1.5 million students in the United States are home-schooled. As this number continues to grow, many home-schoolers—like the Pepples—join or help form community-based Builders Clubs to satisfy their thirst for serving others.

    In Alabama, all home schools must be under the umbrella of a church. Crossroads Christian School, for example, is strictly for home-schooled children and limits it enrollment to 250 families. For Bradley and Heather, helping launch the Builders Club there this past November was a natural: Their dad, Mike, is a member of the Moody Kiwanis Club, its sponsor. (Their  mother, Rhonda, is faculty advisor.)

    Bradley is Builders Club president this school year, while Heather is the 6th grade representative. They attend the club’s board meeting, helping plan its service projects which, this year, included packing holiday boxes and organizing volunteers for Operation Christmas Child, helping with mission projects and participating in Dignity Escape School, a program to teach kids how to escape from being kidnapped.

    The Moody Kiwanis Club also sponsors an active Key Club at the Christian school. It was chartered in 2006 and has grown from 34 members to more than 50.

     

    Contact information:Crossroads Christian School
    Faculty advisor: Rhonda Pepple, mpepple@centurytel.net

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  • Energy + hard work = Builders Club

    This is a great time of year. Over the next month or so I get to learn about Builders Club members in action by reading their contest entries and hearing about their end-of-the-school year fundraisers. These young servant leaders are our present and our future. In Alabama—like everywhere else, Builders Clubs are full of energy and definitely are not afraid of hard work. 

    In Gadsen, for example, the Episcopal Day School Builders Club (along with the school’s K-Kids club) is boosting its presence in the community by helping to paint and decorate the Imagination Place Children’s Museum in Gadsden with an astronomy theme. This is the International Year of Astronomy, and this project involves local artists, students and volunteers of all ages. More info about this project will be shared as it progresses.

    The “world-famous” Pancake Day of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club was its usual success thanks to dozens of members of Service Leadership Program clubs who showed up to help. Members or our eight active Builders Clubs worked in shifts throughout the day, cleaning tables and filling syrup bottles. Many satisfied customers left smiling because of hard work shown by our kids.Alabama Builders Club Students

    Our Gadsden Kiwanis Club traditionally thanks our Builders Clubs by inviting them to a picnic in May. More than 100 Builders typically come to this event, accompanied, of course, by the faculty advisors. If your Kiwanis club sponsors a Builders Club, be sure to show your appreciation for the work it does before the end of the school year. As members of the Kiwanis family, these youngsters have the same drive and enthusiasm as the Kiwanis club that sponsors them. They also have a deep desire at this age that sets them apart from other students—a desire to change their community by making their world a better place, one child at a time.


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