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.
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.