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  • Ohio students are thanked for their hard work

    Bay Middle SchoolMembers of the Bay Middle School Builders Club in Bay Village, Ohio were thanked by Bay’s Mayor, Sutherland, and Director of Community Service, Debra Bock, for their non-perishable food drive. This project is part of Bay’s Caring and Sharing program, a major project for over a decade.

    After more than 3,700 items were collected, a super store was set up for families. Debra Bock was excited they group exceeded their goal of 2,500 items since twice as many families were invited. 

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  • WA Kiwanis meets with student service leaders

    Members of the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club heard reports from the Wyoming Area Key Club and the Wyoming Area Builders Club. The Kiwanis Club hosts the sponsored youth programs regularly to hear of the clubs activities.

    Key Club members who were present included Lt. Governor Morgan Harding, Stephanie Spudis, Rachael Stark, and Melissa Dolhon. Builders Club was represented by President Leo Skoronski and Julianna Stella. Lt. Gov. Harding explained to the Kiwanians that the Annual District Convention was now being considered a Leadership Event by Pennsylvania Kiwanis. Harding also reported Division 15 now has an online training Program for new leaders.

    Others spoke on the Key Club participation in the Breakfast with Santa, participating in an Angel Tree Program for underprivileged youths and preparations for the annual Parent’s Appreciation Dinner in February. The Builders Club students explained their participation in a Game Night for 7th and 8th grade students and assisting at the Salvation Army Food Distribution.

    Kiwanis expressed deep appreciation for all the Sponsored Youth Programs do to improve the quality of life both at school and in the community.

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  • Buhl Nightlight Parade

    The parking lot spanning from the Valley Country Store to Buhl’s chamber of commerce office transformed Saturday night into a bustling hub of chatty teens, revving ATVs and flickering lights.

    Meanwhile, residents and out-of-towners alike took to the streets in hopes of getting the best vantage point for taking in the city’s annual Nightlight Parade, this year themed, “Dreams of Christmas Past and Hopes of Christmas to Be.”

    Even Santa Claus was present in the menagerie, taking time to mingle with other parade entrants before the big event got underway.

    It was the first time Dave Bingham, of Jerome, had played the part of every kids’ wintertime hero.

    “I enjoy being around people,” said Bingham, a member of the Magic Valley ATV Riders, which had 33 decked-out ATVs in the parade.

    Bingham’s significant other, Cherie Chambers, dressed as an elf and patted Bingham’s slightly protruding middle, explaining he was perfect for the role.

    “He’s already a jolly old boy,” Chambers giggled.

    Some entrants, like Castleford resident Niall Irish, participate every year.

    This year Irish brought out his 1941 Ford Sedan. Just minutes before the parade convoy left the lot, Irish double-checked the holly wreaths wrapped around each tire and straightened out a string of lights around the front window.

    “It’s become a personal tradition. Each year I throw out $50 worth of candy canes to the kids. Their happiness is what makes it so much fun,” Irish said.

    Buhl Middle School Builder’s Club advisor Anita Svancara said at least a dozen students would be riding on the club’s float. A lot of time and effort was invested by the club to illustrate the parade’s theme. On half of the float students created a nativity theme. The other side was decorated like a typical living room, complete with a fireplace.

    After making and sending Christmas cards to soldiers abroad and organizing a canned food and coat drive at the school the parade was a well-deserved, enjoyable event, Svancara said.

    “These kids have really been busy and this is the fun activity of the season,” Svancara said.

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  • Builders serve double helpings of holiday joy

    When it comes to spreading joy, the Builders Club at Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, California, has all the holidays covered. The club began its “season of giving” this past October when members collected more than $200 during Halloween week. The money is to be donated to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) to assist the international organization in helping children in need in Uganda.

    Staying in the holiday spirit, club members tapped their artistic sides, making decorative pumpkins by wrapping orange fabric around rolls of toilet paper and sticking a paper-sack stem at the top. The pumpkins were given to residents of the Thousand Oaks Health Care Center and to people who receive Meals on Wheels. The handmade gifts really brightened the day for both gift givers and recipients, says Lori Pierson, the club’s advisor.

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  • Builders Club Projects: Eight end-of-year ideas

    1. Ring your bell.  Collect needed items for the Salvation Army or be a bell ringer. Salvation Army Bell
    2. Visit a nursing home. Many nursing home residents have few visitors and find the holidays a very difficult time. Clubs can simply visit with members, take a road trip and go caroling at a variety of nursing homes, or coordinate a cleaning project—vacuuming, dusting, and window cleaning.
    3. Trim a tree. Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, school or homeless shelter. And if needed, contact a local tree farm about donating a Christmas tree to any of these locations.
    4. Collect coats. Collect old coats that either don't fit or are not worn anymore. Have them cleaned at a cleaner and then distribute them to people in need.
    5. Hold a canned good drive. Most communities have a food pantry for people in need. Help stock the shelves.
    6. Bag it. Collect and decorate grocery paper bags for the holidays. They fill them with fresh fruit, candy, and small toy gifts for children.
    7. Adopt a family. Provide food, decorations, and gifts for a family in need.
    8. Create a mitten & cap tree. Create a "Mitten & Cap Tree" by placing a sign on a tree limb, and collect mittens and caps for kids who don't have them during the cold season. 

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