Parent U all about service opportunities

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BYRON – A Byron School Parent University will be hosted on Wednesday May 10 from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Mary Morgan Elementary school lunch room.
Please join us to find out more about opportunities for your child to perform service, build character and develop leadership skills for the 2017-18 school year. Kiwanis is an International origination of adult volunteers who have hearts for service. Byron is fortunate to have Youth Programs under the Kiwanis umbrella, at all schools, which focus on Service & Leadership. Parents and students from 4thgrade through high school are invited to learn more and to meet students who are currently active in these programs, and the adults who help mentor them.
Meeting once a month during the 2017-18 school year, 5thgrade students can participate in K-Kids; a worldwide program, where more than 36,000 children are learning leadership through service. They're taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. They serve the elderly at the nursing home, organize community food drives, serve their schools, and raise funds for the less fortunate. In big and small ways, they're changing the world around them. But the most significant change happens in the kids themselves. K-kids objectives are to provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community, to develop leadership potential, foster the development of strong moral character, and encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.
Builders Club is open to all Byron Middle School students. First chartered in 1975, Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with local organizations and national programs UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to include babies and children of the world.
Builders Club helps develop important Social and Emotional skills, which allows club members to understand self and develop meaningful connections with others. Members attain skills in core areas of; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, through participation in the research, planning and implementation of community service projects. 

Byron High School students can participate in Key Club, an international student-led organization whose members have opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. There are over 10,000 Key Club members in Illinois alone. These students are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide. The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness. Students pledge to build their homes, schools and community, and to serve their nation.
In addition to Leadership conferences and mission trips, they participate in a wide volunteer variety of activities including; playing Bingo with, making holiday cards for and writing personal correspondence with nursing home residents, serving meals at Rockford Rescue Mission & Rochelle Kitchen Table, hosting food & pet food drives for area pantries, Rockford Women & Children’s Crisis Center, Ogle County Mobile Food Pantry, Highway Clean-up, Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Becca’s Closet, making fleece blanket for shelter animals, and assisting with PTA, Chamber, Forest Preserve and Park District hosted events.
For questions or more information, please contact Kiwanis member and Advisor: Beth Murbach 815-871-4769 (call/text)


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