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  • Donations—not candy—fill trick-or-treat boxes

    The Marine Park Intermediate School Builders Club in Brooklyn, New York, continues to reach out to help those in need, both at home and abroad. During the month of October, club members collected money for UNICEF’s Project Uruguay.

    This project was of special interest to Spanish teacher Maria Pastorini, who is from Uruguay and was able to make cross-cultural connections for the students, thus encouraging more involvement. To help raise funds, each homeroom class received a bright orange box and was encouraged by members to give generously to this worthy cause. Many members also contributed their own money as well.
     “The generosity and support of our staff is what has helped to make the past four years so successful for the club,” says faculty advisor Regina Kiernan. “The staff is really behind the service projects that the students participate in and are always willing to help. Our goal was to exceed last year’s total of $200, and this year we were able to raise more than $300, which was really a thrill!”

    Kieran has been the faculty advisor for the club since it began four years ago. Sponsored by Parkway East Kiwanis Club, the Builders Club’s upcoming events include filling holiday stockings for our troops overseas and a holiday toy drive to benefit military family from the Fort Hamilton Army Base.

    Source: Regina Kiernan
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  • Service takes "bazaar" turn

    Olympic Builders Club members work on posters to promote a coat drive.The Builders Club at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington, fulfills a much-needed leadership role. In fact, according to faculty advisor Linda Tawlks, when the school eliminated its leadership program this past school year because of budget cuts, club membership doubled in size.

    “Getting students involved in middle school is the key,” Tawlks told The Mukilteo Beacon. “Being involved in Builders Club give them pride in service and builds leaders. “They kind of serve as the advertising committee for Olympic View.”

    The club’s most recent service event unfolded about a month ago when members dressed up like pizzas and danced in the wind and rain to promote a fundraiser as part of a school bazaar. The club sold pizza, doughnuts, coffee and soda and raised more than $2,500 to help pay for its other activities. Micailah Moore, Kaiya Larsen and Sylvie Gunderson are all 7th graders at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo, WA.

    Other projects the club has in the works for this year include a coat drive for the Snohomish County Center for Battered Women, raising money for a Dinner for Dads and Breakfast for Moms event and helping its sponsoring Mukilteo Kiwanis Club’s annual pancake breakfast.

    “When you step up and help people and you know you’re helping a good cause it makes you feel good,” club secretary Maddie Seckman told The Beacon.

    To learn more about the Olympic View Builders Club and see some more photos of its members in action, click here.

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    Photo courtesy of The Mukilteo Beacon 

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  • Thumbs up—to service!

    From recycling to restocking a food pantry, from raising money to elevating the spirits of a former student stationed in Iraq, the Hanson Middle School Builders Club has created a legacy of service.Lt. Brian O’Donnell, Hanson Middle School alumnus, visits with Builders Club members.

    “This is an awesome group of students,” says Gret Lozeau, faculty advisor and member of the Kiwanis Club of Hanson, Massachusetts, sponsor of the Builders Club. “They’re always looking for opportunities to serve their school, their community and the world beyond. The leadership potential and character they’re developing will serve them—and the rest of the world—throughout their lifetime.”

    Indeed, the club completed an impressive list of service projects and fundraisers this past school year, including: spearheading the annual Hanson Middle School food pantry and soda tab collection projects; raising funds for a UNICEF program to provide meals and care to children in need in Swaziland, a landlocked country in southern Africa; conducting fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and the Hanson Salvation Army’s fuel-assistance program; helping out the Hanson Public Library and the Hanson Senior Center.

    The club hit the ground running this school year, as well. Members already have begun another project for UNICEF, hung up posters and assisted at the school’s book fair and put together a “boo basket” fill with Halloween stuff to raffle off to raise money for other worthy causes.Hanson Builders Club officers give the thumbs up to another great year of service.

    Also this year, the club was visited by Lt. Brian O’Donnell of the United States Navy. O’Donnell, an alumnus of the school, was home on leave following his second deployment to Iraq. He talked about his experiences in the Navy and thanked the kids for the many letters, cards and packages the club has sent him over the past year.

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    Sources: Gret Lozeau; Hanson Town Crier; photographs provided by Gret Lozeau.

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