The Builders Club at Monroe Intermediate School, Green River, Wyoming, recently helped improve conditions for children being held by the Department of Family Services.
“The department provides crisis intervention and protective services for children and families,” notes faculty advisor Terry Birmingham. “They had a room that is used by children waiting to be placed in foster care.
It was pretty stark and empty, and not much fun to sit in. There are a few of my kids in the Builders Club who have been in that room and they thought brightening it up was a wonderful idea!”
Conditions at the facility were brought to the attention of the Builders Club and the Key Club at Green River High School by a member of their sponsoring Green River Kiwanis Club.
“The Key Club decided to paint murals to liven up the room,” Terry says, “while we decided to fill the room with fun. We stocked it with games ranging from those for infants and toddlers to kids in middle school.” The club purchased the games with money from raffles, selling ornaments at Christmas and homemade cards for Valentine’s Day, and its annual “Break the Rules Day,” a day when students pay $1 and can choose from a list of rules they can break—wearing pajamas to school, donning sunglasses and chewing gum.
“I’m really proud of this group of kids,” Terry stresses. “These students come before and after school to help with projects and have an excellent grasp of selfless service.”
Monroe Intermediate School
250 Monroe Avenue Green River, Wyoming 82935
Faculty advisor: Terry Birmingham, email@example.com
Kiwanis advisor: Regina Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org
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