The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club hosted their annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church. This year the focus for Riley was to help with the Three Wishes Program to improve the early detection and treatment of early childhood development issues such as autism and developmental delay. Dr Swigonski from Riley Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University’s Medical School had visited Scottsburg a few weeks earlier to give a couple of presentations to the medical community and to child care providers, teachers and volunteers who work with young children such as CASA and CRADLE. The community support for this effort has been nothing short of outstanding. Congratulations for making this spaghetti dinner the best in memory of any of our Kiwanis members. The Kiwanis cooked spaghetti, and the SHS Key Club and SMS Builders Club bused tables and made baked goods to sell as dessert with all proceeds going to Riley Children’s Hospital. With your help we are able to donate $965 to Riley. The proceeds will help Riley and the Indiana District of Kiwanis ensure screening kids are available to communities all over the State of Indiana and that treatment and educational materials are available in all our communities. Thank you all for your generosity and support! Pictured are some of our guests that evening enjoying the spaghetti dinner, Sam Everett from the SHS Key Club washing dishes and outstanding chef, Chris Wakeman in the kitchen. Thank you again for your outstanding support of Riley Children’s Hospital and the kids in our community who will benefit from this program.
The Scottsburg High School Key Club made Valentines Cards and distributed them to residents at Hickory Creek to celebrate Valentines Day. Pictured are Olivia Watson and Alyssa Bray delivering the cards. Members of the club made the cards during one of their meetings. They enjoyed visiting with the residents and look forward to visiting them more and participating in other activities. Key Club is a student led organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club that develops leadership skills through community service. The students determine what projects they do and plan them with the help of their Faculty Advisor, Angela Bray and Kiwanis Advisor, Al Riggle.
Scott County Partnership Seeking 8 Adult Mentors for High School Conquer
SCOTTSBURG, Ind.—The Scott County Partnership is recruiting volunteers to be Adult Allies at Austin High School for students in grades 11 and 12. Conquer the CHAOS is an invaluable program that helps students to identify goals, the necessary steps to achieve them and support from the Allies along the way. Allies will help the students to build stability for themselves so that they are more likely to have a successful future.
The students decide their own goals and plan what they want out of the program, high school, and their future. The adult Allies are there for support. “One of the most effective prevention strategies a community can institute is having adult role models collaborating with its youth,” asserts Lori Croasdell, Coordinator for CEASe of Scott County.
As an Ally, you will advocate, support and collaborate with your student by helping them set goals, stay on track with graduation, find resources for college applications, and much more. By offering encouragement, advice, and moral support, the Allies will not only help the student reach goals, but also overcome obstacles throughout the school year.
Cindy Watts, Austin High School guidance counselor, applauds the program saying, “The students who participated in Conquer the CHAOS last year loved that extra attention and guidance they received to help them move forward and reach their goals. The students looked forward to their weekly meetings with Kim and LeAnn. The more we can connect them with the community and resources now, the more involved and successful they can be when they leave us. I am very thankful we were able to partner with The Scott County Partnership to offer this wonderful program to our students.”
The Austin High School Conquer group meets every Friday from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Interested volunteers should contact LeAnn Walker at at 812-752-0980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. This program starts right away.
Brittany Walshrecently attended and spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis weekly dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg. Pictured with Brittany is Millie Cooper. Millie is a former Kiwanianne. The Kiwaniannes were a women’s auxiliary of the Kiwanis for years until the 1980’s when women could join the Kiwanis. At that time the Kiwaniannes were disbanded. However, the Scottsburg Kiwaniannes were such an active, involved group serving the kids in Scott County that they continued to meet till just a few years ago. The Kiwaniannes used to give out scholarships to students each year. The last scholarship recipient of a Kiwanianne’s scholarship was Brittany Walsh. Brittany attended Ball State University and received a Kiwanianne scholarship in 2013. She graduated this spring and has earned a teaching certificate. Brittany will begin teaching sixth grade near Muncie, IN this fall. She felt so strongly about the support she received from the Kiwaniannes that she wanted to come back and personally thank them for the scholarship and bring them up to date on her studies and achievements since receiving the scholarship. The members of the club were touched by Brittany’s presentation and shared in her pride in her accomplishments. The Kiwanis wished her the best as she begins her teaching career. Brittany’s sister, Abby, now attends Ball State University. Abby was a four year member of the SHS Key Club where she served as its president and served at the Indiana District level as the Bulletin Editor where she earned special Governors recognition. Abby is now a member of the Circle K Club at Ball State University. Her youngest sister, Lily, is a member of the SMS Builders Club and will be the Vice President this year.
One of the most successful efforts our Kiwanis Club has embarked on the past six years is the sponsorship of Service Leadership Programs in Scott County. As Kiwanis, we believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community. Our Service Leadership Programs do that.
There are two different types of Service Leadership Programs we sponsor in Scott county, programs like the BUG Progrram and Clubs like K-Kids, Builders Club and Key Club. Our Kiwanis Club in cooperation with both SCSD1 and SCSD2 sponsor the BUG Program in all five elementary schools in Scott County (~300 Students). We also sponsor two Key Clubs (SHS and AHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES). All of these clubs develop leadership through community service. We have outstanding Faculty Advisors, Angela Bray (SHS), Rusty Jones & Chandra Tally (AHS). Lisa Sutton (SMS), Katie Sawin (VFES) and Lee Anna Willett (LES). We have a strong team of Kiwanis Advisors to help me with these clubs, Terry Davis (AHS), Monte Roth (SHS and LES), and Eric Mullins (VFES).
All these students are learning how to think about how they can improve their community and school, how to plan projects, how to organize and schedule, how to speak and promote projects. They are all making a difference in our community and our schools and I couldn’t be more proud of the students and advisors. Several of our graduates are now in Circle K (the college version of SLP) continuing their development as leaders and community servants.
A great example is the project the LES K-Kids just completed at the end of the school year. They volunteered to assist with the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School giving up their recess to volunteer with these young pre-school students. Just look at the pictures to see how much fun these students had serving these younger members of their community. These are our leaders of the future.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with them! Thank you to all our faculty advisors and Kiwanis advisors. You are making a difference and I’m proud to serve with you!
Kevin Zhang, Alexis Campbell and Marcos Valenciavolunteered at the Scott County CASA Program’s Taste Of Scott County on 24 Apr at the Mid America Science Park. These SHS Key Club members helped serve drinks during the fundraiser for CASA. Pictured are Kevin and Alexis. Thanks to these Key Clubbers and the SHS Key Club for supporting this worthy cause!