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  • Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

    Teacher Appreciation week is May 1–5. It’s a perfect occasion for Builders Club, since teachers have a huge impact on club members. Here are five unique ways the club can celebrate their teachers during the week:
    • Tell” on the teacher. Encourage members to write a letter to the school administration or principal describing all the ways in which their favorite teacher has gone the extra mile. Ask whether the teachers can be recognized at a school event. 
    • Decorate the school. Builders Club members could make posters and other decorations that feature messages of appreciation. Post them in the hallways—and maybe even hang streamers from classroom doors.
    • Offer a snack cart. Members could each bring in a fun snack item. Place the snacks on a cart for members to take turns wheeling around the building, offering a snack and a few words of appreciation to each teacher.
    • Organize a car wash. Invite teachers and other school staff to a free after-school car wash in the parking lot. 
    • Present certificates of appreciation. Invite teachers to the next Builders Club meeting—where each one can be presented with a member-made certificate that includes personalized reasons why he or she is appreciated.
    Share how your club celebrated by tagging @BuildersClub when posting your stories and photos on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Icebreaker: Building a story

    Build a team feeling among club members—by building a story together!

    Materials needed:
    • A different picture of an object, animal, etc., for each member
    Steps:
    • Ask members to sit in a circle. 
    • Club officers should give each member a picture of an object, animal or whatever category they choose. 
    • The club president should start a fictional story that incorporates the objects in his or her assigned picture. 
    • The member next to the club president in the circle should continue the story by incorporating his or her picture. Continue this with each member in the circle until every member has taken a turn. 
    • Either an advisor or the club president can lead a discussion about the importance of active listening, and how great stories and accomplishments can be achieved when the club works together.

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  • 3 Simple ways to empower club members

    One key responsibility to being a Builders Club advisor is empowering students to lead the club and make decisions. Here are 3 simple ways advisors can help life the confidence of club members:

    • Ask for their input. When members wonder what the club should do next, ask them for their thoughts. If they respond by asking you, help them along by asking, "Well, what do you think?" With the encouragement to think through their problems, members can come to their own solutions and feel more determined to conquer the problem.
    • Give specific praise. Everyone enjoys receiving recognition, but specific praise can really impact a member. When you give praise to a member, be sure to explain exactly what the member did to be successful. 
    • Point out their individual strengths. As an advisor, encourage individual members to take on responsibilities and tasks that play to their strengths. Members will feel more engaged with an important role and contribute to the club's success.

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  • Builders Club activities around the world!

    There are more than 45,000 Builders Club members around the world. Ever wonder what other clubs are doing? Check ou these recent success stories!

    • We welcomed our first Builders Club in Japan! The Builders Club of ACMS in Alabama created this amazing video to welcome the Builders Club of Otemae Junior High School in Japan. Welcome to the Kiwanis family!
    • The Builders Club of Finley Middle School recently received recognition for their work in identifying a need for a school food pantry, and working together to create one. Now every student in the school has a place to get personal care items and food to last them through the weekend. Amazing work by these club members!
    • When news broke that a local cemetery discovered that American Revolutionary War soldiers had been found buried in their plots, the Builders Club of Ogdensburg Free Academy jumped into action to fundraise over $2,500 for a monument to be built in the soldiers' honor. 
    • The Builders Club of Kraft Meadows Middle School created adorable superhero capes that serve as blankets for small children at a local shelter housing women and children seeking refuge from abusive situations. The club not only spent time creating the capes, they also worked together to hold a fundraiser and advocate for the project.
    Want to hear more stories like these? Follow Builders Club on Facebook and Twitter! That’s where great stories are always being shared. And don’t forget to share your stories by tagging @BuildersClub.

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  • 3 ways to connect with Key Club

    Builders Club puts students on the path to lifelong servant leadership. Help them stay on that path after middle school: Encourage members to join Key Club in high school. In fact, get them familiar with the program now! We have three ideas for making a lasting connection.

    Ask Builders Club officers to contact Key Clubs in your area and see if the two clubs can collaborate. Here are three suggestions:

    • Attend each other’s meetings. This is a great way for the two clubs to support each other and even combine their efforts as they make a difference in the community. When members are regularly in each other’s presence, the clubs can learn from each other and share ideas.
    • Serve together. Encourage the club presidents to coordinate a project in which members from both clubs serve side by side.
    • Be social. A great way the two clubs can get to know each other is through fellowship. This can be something as simple as a pizza party or a tour of the high school. It’s an opportunity for middle school students who are curious—maybe even a little nervous—about high school to have a relaxed setting to explore and ask questions. Builders Club members should take the opportunity to ask Key Clubbers what it’s like to be in high school. Work with your members to brainstorm questions, so they go in feeling comfortable asking the teens about their experiences. 

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