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Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven, FL
Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven holds fundraiser for needy students
By Madison Fantozzi
Published: Monday, June 6, 2016
Brigham Academy K-Kids work to beautify their school
Teacher says it's about learning the imprtance of community service
By Madison Fantozzi
Published: Monday, May 30, 2016
By recruiting a popular teacher into its Service Leadership Programs’ line-up, a thriving Kiwanis club revived a slumping K-Kids program. Now, the K-Kids of Brigham Academy in Winter Haven, Florida, are knocking service leadership out of the park.
Fourth-grade teacher Adam Smith—aka Polk County Public School’s 2015 Teacher of the Year—accepted the Kiwanis club’s overtures to take over as faculty advisor at Brigham Academy. Smith promptly turned over the leadership reins to the students, who run nearly every aspect of the club. They enjoy that level of ownership, and he coaches them through the process of selecting their community-service activities.
Membership in the K-Kids is over capacity,” says Craig Clevenger, 2015–16 president of the sponsoring Winter Haven Kiwanis Club. “The club is larger than an elementary grade class.”
Members’ enthusiasm showed at an Earth Day event when they spent a day planting trees and flowers, pulling weeds, digging irrigation trenches and spreading mulch to beautify their own school.
Your Good News:
Awards and honors from clubs and organizations across Polk
Published: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 12:01 a.m.
Every Child a Swimmer
The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven has been awarded the G. Harold Martin trophy for the best swimming program in the Florida District of Kiwanis. The club partners with the City of Winter Haven's Leisure Services Department to provide the Every Child a Swimmer program which provides children 5 to 10 years in age swimming lessons at no cost to their families. The club has offered the program for 12 years and has received the award four times. The program is recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is embraced by the Kiwanis International organization.
The scholarship application will be available mid-February online at www.polk-fl.net.
To donate to Kiwanis of Winter Haven's scholarship program, go online to winterhavenkiwanis.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 Winter Haven City Commission candidate forums planned
By LEDGER STAFF REPORT
Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
WINTER HAVEN — The 10 candidates for the three open seats on the Winter Haven City Commission will have an opportunity to state their views at two upcoming candidate forums. Both forums are being held on Tuesday, one in the morning, the second in the evening.
The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven is hosting a forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humane Society of Winter Haven's office at 3195 Dundee Road. The cost is $12 a ticket with lunch provided. Deadline to buy a ticket is Thursday and can be completed by calling 863-224-0097 or 863-299-7483. Tickets can also be purchased at www.winterhavenkiwanis.org.
That evening from 6 to 8 p.m., a candidate forum will be held at the Neigborhood Service Center, 608 Ave. S N.E., sponsored by the Winter Haven Branch of the NAACP Political Action Committee. For more information, call 863-294-5860.
Winter Haven Kiwanis:
Celebrating 80 Years
Organization still helping community
By MADISON FANTOZZI
Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Swimming Classes for Preschoolers
By Brenda Brader
Published: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Kiwanis Club Helps Keep Kids Safe
By PAULA BLACKWELDER
Published: Monday, August 5, 2013
According to a report issued by Kiwanis, 70 percent of all fourth-grade children can not swim. Nine out of 10 drownings occur within six feet of safety, and there are 80,000 near-drowning accidents in a year. Teaching children how to swim saves lives.
For nine consecutive years, the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven, in partnership with the city of Winter Haven Leisure Services department, has offered free swimming lessons for preschool children. The Club's next series of lessons will be conducted Sept. 9 through Oct. 2 at the Chain of Lakes complex in Winter Haven. The lessons will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Certified life guards conduct the classes.
The "Every Child A Swimmer" (ECAS) program is recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and has been embraced by Kiwanis clubs worldwide. Over the nine years that the Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven has offered these free swimming lessons, 320 local children have been certified and the program has consistently been ranked as one of the best in Florida. In fact, the club has twice (2009 and 2012) been awarded the G. Harold Martin trophy for being the best "Every Child a Swimmer" program in the Florida District of Kiwanis.
The 863 Magazine: Non-profit Spotlight (August 2013)
Kiwanis Club Teaches Kids to Swim (November 2012)
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven recently completed their eighth year of the Every Child A Swimmer program. This program goes in line with their motto, which is “Serving the Children of the World”.
This year, a total of twenty pre-school and first-grade children from Winter Haven area schools have participated so far. Jennifer Moore along with the city of Winter Haven Leisure Services department as well as her team of lifeguards have partnered with Kiwanis to provide the swimming instructors for the children. All of the lessons were conducted at the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Complex swimming pool.
In all, each child received one safety lesson and eight swimming lessons. The aim of the program was to teach and equip every single one of them with swimming skills. It was pretty successful because many of them managed to learn how to swim. At the very least, they could do the dog paddle and float. Initially, majority of them had a fear of the water. However, upon completion of all the lessons, their fears were cast aside and they were all comfortable with jumping into the water. This is definitely an effective program and John Risher, a Kiwanian and swimmer, should be praised for his efforts in starting it. The “Every Child A Swimmer” program is also recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Here are some facts that people aren’t totally aware of. In the United Sates, seventy percent of all fourth-grade children can’t swim. Also, nine out of teb drownings occur within six feet of safety. Lastly, there is an estimated 80,000 near drowning accidents every year. However, with this program put to place, it makes an impact in the community that we live in and it can help to save lives. By being equipped with these skills from a young tender age, these children will have the ability to pass down their knowledge and skills to their friends. In other words, this program can also be of aid to others indirectly.
Kiwanis Magazine: Florida District Kiwanis-family club project (March 2012)
Planting sea oats at Fort De Soto Beach as a defense against shoreline erosion.
Happenings: Kiwanis Supports Safe Baby Program
By PAULA STUART
Published: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
FOCUS Magazine's 1st annual Person of the Year (January 2011)
Fantasy of Flight and Kiwanis Club Stuffed the Bus In Support of Local School (Fall 2009)
Left to right: Karen Phillips (Winter Haven Kiwanis), Sheila Scott (Polk City Elementary School Assistant Principal), Ladonna Andreu (Polk City Elementary Guidance Counselor), Smilin' Jack Eagle, Kim Long (Fantasy of Flight)
In a shared effort with the Winter Haven Kiwanis Club, Fantasy of Flight was thrilled to present over $1500 worth of critically needed school supplies to Polk City Elementary School, all collected as part of the "Stuff the Bus" program. Many supplies were furnished by Fantasy of Flight guests, who received a discounted admission in return. Thanks to all who participated!
Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven Contributes Much to the Community
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2007
Winter Haven Kiwanis Club to celebrate 60 years
People, Places & Possibilities
By KITTY CARPENTER
Published: March 30, 1995
Excerpt from Chapter 127 "Our Civic Clubs" of the History of Winter Haven Florida
The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven was chartered on April 6, 1935...Bartow and Lake Wales Clubs assisted the Winter Haven group to get started.
Norman A. Street was the club's first president. There were 24 charter members...
Club projects were slanted toward helping young people in many ways. Its most ambitious project was establishing Camp Kegan, dedicated in 1942...on the shore of Lake Josephine in Dundee. The camp was primarily for the use of underprivileged children, and has been in great demand by Scouts and similar groups over the years.
During the 1950s, the Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the city, maintained and staffed a large Life Guard Corps of high school students under the direction of Tom Costello. This group served the several beaches of the city during the entire swimming time for several years.
In 1952 the club recognized the need for a swimming beach in Florence Villa area, and with the help of our colored citizens there, a fine beach and recreation area was established on Lake Maude, which was later deeded to the city.
The Club is very proud of its Student Loan Fund, through which...young persons have been able to go to college. It has also given...to the Southern Scholarship and Research Foundation of Tallahassee.
Other activities are the Little League teams, aid to children in foster homes through the State Welfare Board, helping young people in agricultural projects such as steer feeding, a Scout Explorer Post and the support of Key Clubs in the high schools.
In 1969 the club membership is over 120 and it is recognized as one of the outstanding Kiwanis Clubs in the state.
Winter Haven Kiwanis Past President Craig Clevenger was recognized...more
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