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About k-kids club
K-Kids Club is a student-led service organization for elementary school students. Lakeridge’s K-Kids Club is sponsored by our Lakeridge PTA and the Kiwanis Club of Mercer Island and led by a team of adult advisors, including a Lakeridge staff advisor, a Kiwanis liaison, and two parent advisors.
K-Kids provides students with an opportunity to learn about organizing projects that help others.
There are five student elected positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms.
K-Kids Club is also supported by Mercer Island High School Key Club members, who attend meetings and mentor K-Kids Club members. All projects in K-Kids Club are generated by its student members – and executed with support from adult advisors and high school Key Club members.
- To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.
- To develop leadership potential
- To foster development of strong moral character
- To encourage loyalty to school, community and nation
The K-Kids Club Pledge:
As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.
Who is eligible? K-Kids is open to Lakeridge 3rd through 5th grade students. K-Kids depends on parent/guardian volunteers for success. Parents/Guardians are asked to volunteer at meetings and outside events.
Registration: Lakeridge K-Kids Club has limited spots for membership*. Deadline for application has passed. Please contact Tiffany Pokorny, Parent Advisor if you have any questions or concerns.
*Additional details: Past (2018-19) K-Kids Club members and their siblings are granted priority registration for the 2019-2020 school year. If more students are interested in membership than remaining slots, a lottery will be held. If you have any questions about registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff Advisor: Lisa Pepple
Parent Advisor: Tiffany Pokorny, contact email@example.com
Kiwanis Liaison: Barbara Tivnan (retired Lakeridge teacher)
Meetings: K-Kids Club meetings are held in Room 25 the first and third Thursday of every month (with some exceptions) after school, from 3:45-4:45 pm. We also have some offsite visits, either during our scheduled meeting times or at other days/times to be determined. To see the full updated schedule, see Ms. Pepple's class page.
history of k-kids club
2015-2016: K-Kids Club’s focus was homelessness in its first year, executing a successful school wide toiletry drive. All toiletry supplies were donated to Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, and distributed to those in need in neighboring communities. In addition, K-Kids Club planted flowers, made blankets for the homeless, and spent time with our Veterans.
2016-2017: In year two, K-Kids Club members sought to support a schoolmate with leukemia by designing and selling bracelets. The campaign raised nearly $5,000 for cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition, the effort generated media interest and was featured in the local newspaper, on television news, and online.
2017-2018: In year three, K-Kids Club coordinated a school-wide Pet Supply Drive, which yielded more than 700 donations and $400+ to support homeless animals at a local shelter: Homeward Pet Adoption Center. The Pet Supply Drive was featured in the local newspaper.
2018-2019: In our fourth year, K-Kids Club supported schools in Paradise, California devastated by wildfires through an online school supply relief effort entitled, “Lions’ Pride for Paradise Week.” The effort generated $9,557 in donated supplies to California schools. The effort was featured in the local newspaper and online. Lakeridge K-Kids Club was recognized by the Mercer Island PTA Council as the “Outstanding Program” of the year for 2018. The Outstanding Program award honors a program designed and implemented to serve the school community or community at large.