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Lee Hayes, Sustainability Mgr. Sarasota County
Sep 27, 2017
Creating a Sustainability Community in Sarasota County
 
 
 

     Welcome To The Mighty Siesta Key Kiwanis Club !


 
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated
to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
 
In 2015 Kiwanis International celebrated its 
100th anniversary of service to children. That's what we do,
that's why we are here.  Kids Need Kiwanis!
 
 During the summer (June, July & August)
we meet at noon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
at Cafe Baci 4101 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231
      
 
Stories
Joy is on vacation and while away she asked if I'd like to fill in for her so here goes:
 
Literacy Buddies is one of the programs individual members are encouraged to support.  "Buddies" are asked to receive a book request from a pre-schooler, buy a book in keeping with the child's request, write a note to the child, put everything in an envelope addressed to the child and turn it into our program chair, Matt Anderson.  Paula and I have sponsored two buddies each school year.  This summer Susan O'Carroll (socarroll@earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org) announced the Literacy Buddy summer program and asked us to continue our sponsorship.  It was an easy decision - "YES."
 
We received an envelope in the mail with a request from Alisa for a book about princesses.  Vuitton  asked for a book about watermelon.  We checked on line to see what age appropriate books were available.  Princesses were easy - they're everywhere.  Watermelon books however proved to be a challenge - a challenge easily met by the lady at Barnes & Noble.  After writing letters to Alisa and Vuitton ("we found a book we think you will like about a ....") we got the books off to Susan at Literacy Buddies.  This weekend we received thank you letters from the children  Alisa's letter is here at the right.
 
Paula and I find there is a special reward for putting books into the hands of children, especially those who may not have books at home.  The literacy Buddy program makes this possible and we encourage you to speak to Matt Anderson or email Susan O'Carroll to become a Mighty Literacy Buddy for the coming school year.
 
The last of the three Wilkinson BUGS assemblies was held on June 2nd.  BUGS of course is "Bringing Up Grades - a branded Kiwanis program what we support at Wilkinson Elementary.  I had never been to a BUGs program, so when I was asked to go to the last program of the year, I said yes.  There were four of us -  Mary Lynn, Linda, Clark and myself (Joy).  I decided to go down and sit with the kids and take pictures and the other three handed out the certificates and gift cards.  After the program Clark came up to me and said he had never been sitting out with the kids, so from where I was how did the kids seem to enjoy getting the certificates and gift cards?
 
Well they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and believe me they are.  This young lady smiled from the time her name was called, till she went back to her seat and when I turned around and looked she was still smiling after everything was done. 
 
I can't wait until next year when we start BUGS again.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key
PO Box 5485
Sarasota, Florida  34277