The Glencoe Elementary K-Kids Club was chartered in January, 2008. Having just completed its third year, Glencoe can claim it’s most successful year, by far. With 34 members from the fourth and fifth grades, the projects and impact from Glencoe have been stunning. The year started with “Project Scoop,” a campaign to rid the school grounds of animal waste; next was “Project Redcoat”, a collection of coats for the needy.
Several members attended Kiwanis Day at Doernbecher in February and presented a check from their own fundraising. Recognizing a need at the school’s muddy track, the club brought in ten yards of wood chips and completely resurfaced it. Seeing a need for relief after the Haitian earthquake, the kids sold Valentine Grams and netted (no misprint) $1200. A check for that amount was presented to Mercy Corp at the Zone H conference in April by five articulate and well-spoken members. The year finished out with book swap during May’s national book month and a “good deed” week.
Glencoe’s Kiwanis advisors are Dave Newton, Steve Klemroth and Jim and Marjorie McCallister. Beth Krambule, who teaches fifth grade, is the club’s faculty advisor.
Focusing on leadership development and service to the community, past projects have included tulip sales, collections for the Oregon Food Bank and the Community Warehouse, a visit to a retirement center, work at Loaves and Fishes, and a neighborhood cleanup. Officers have been elected for the 10-11 year. The school administration and community have embraced the clubs efforts and its future appears solid.