The Tooele Kiwanis Club has been busy throughout the years — especially this last holiday season — providing service and money to many organizations and people.
Each Christmas, members of Kiwanis provide Christmas bags to the Head Start programs in Tooele County. These bags with clothing, books and toys go to 120 or more preschoolers ages 3 to 4 in the Head Start school in Tooele and Grantsville. This has been an annual project for the past several years.
The club also provides items such as sack lunches to the Tooele County Food Bank, Tooele County Relief Services, the baby care cupboard and the pet care food fund. The club also works closely with the Children’s Justice Center in many ways.
This fall and through a sixmonth period, the club is working on the Great American Award in Settlement Canyon Elementary’s fifth grade history classes. One hundred students from four classes have taken the challenge to memorize the first verse of the “Star Spangled Banner” and the Preamble to the United States Constitution, which they passed off to several Kiwanis Club members in November and December.
In January, they began to memorize and pass off all the presidents of the United States. During the rest of the school year, they will spell and punctuate the Pledge of Allegiance, memorize the Gettysburg Address and identify all the states and capital from a blank map. Each student will put Kiwanis stickers on the Great American Award poster in their classes. At the awards program in May, the Kiwanis Club will be awarding medals to all students completing the project.
The Kiwanis Club also sponsors and helps students belonging to Key Clubs in Grantsville, Stansbury and Tooele high schools, which involves almost 100 student providing service in their communities and schools through many projects. They volunteer to help the homeless, work with preschool and elementary schools, assist with the high schools’ Festival of Trees, donate to local food banks, beautify and clean the schools, and complete social services projects. Key Club members also receive Kiwanis Club money to help out with 5K runs, golf tournaments, Easter egg hunts and other community events.
The Kiwanis Club meets weekly at a luncheon and discusses items of business and projects to help the community. Shawn Milne is the president of the club. Karen Perry is the treasurer.
The Kiwanis Club enjoys inviting individuals and organizations to speak and provide information for sponsoring programs and services. They are also seeking individuals and organizations to join the club and help in all the charitable services it is involved in.
Come and join us every Tuesday for lunch at noon at the All-Star Bowling Lanes restaurant in Tooele.