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Builders Club celebrates a year of good deeds

"feeling good by doing good"

June 30, 2015

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K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club… by any name or age group, the students who participate in youth programs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club know a thing or fifty about paying it forward.
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On June 11, members of the Builders Club flocked to the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School cafeteria for a pizza party to celebrate their successful year of community service. Jane Sorensen, Builders Club Liaison/Monticello Kiwanis President and William Oefelein, School Advisor took pleasure in presenting students with a Certificate of Appreciation for all of their hard work, compassion and dedication to meeting the needs of the community.
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The students were so pleased that district Superintendent Tammy Mangus was at the party to congratulate them. She wanted to hear directly from the kids what they had accomplished this year. The list is impressive.

In this school year alone, the 26 members of the Robert J. Kaiser Builders’ Club sold paper hearts for the Heart-A-Thon that benefits Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC,) collected money and bought toys for Sullivan County United Way Project Care Program, and collected and delivered food and toys for the animals of the Rock Hill SPCA. They also visited the Skilled Nursing Unit at CRMC where they presented the residents with beaded jewelry that they made and entertained residents with songs. The club ended the year by helping out with the Shop Rite Food Collection Day and participating in the Kiwanis One Family Walk for Hunger. They also collected and distributed food to benefit the school backpack programs, Sullivan County United Way and The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
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Great job, Builders Club! We hope to see many new faces at the Builders Club next year! For more information, please contact EPIC Coordinator Jane Sorensen at

Photo (top): Builders Club members enjoyed their well-earned end of year celebration on June 11. With them are (left), Technology Teacher/Club Advisor William Oefelein, and (right) Kiwanis President/Club Liaison Jane Sorensen, Kiwanis Vice President Sheila Lashinsky and (rear) Kiwanis member Pat Monteverde.

Photo (top right): Builders Club members Jesney and Claudia talk about why they joined Builders Club.

Photo (above left): Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus praises members of the Builders Club for their year of community service during the year end celebration.

Photo (above right): The Heart-a-Thon and Food Drive were featured on this special cake enjoyed by the students.

Story and photos: M. Rennie