BACK TO SCHOOL BASH
LAUNCHES KIWANIS LITERACY PROJECT

BY BRUCE BOYER

The school bell rings signaling the start of another school year for Kernersville children. The key to educational success is the ability to read. Reading teaches, inspires and unlocks the imagination. Walt Disney once said, “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”

FREE CHILDREN’S EVENT

On Saturday, September 7 from 10am-2pm, the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville will be unveiling two separate treasures of library books at the Kernersville Family YMCA as part of a major youth day of fun. The ceremonial portion of the Back to School Bash is the dedication of a children’s reading area inside the YMCA’s Childcare room and a library book box outside the YMCA front entrance. The children’s reading area will be stocked with books suitable for pre-school youth while the library book box outside the building will allow elementary age children to check out books and read for pleasure.

The remainder of the four hour Back to School Bash is a carnival held on the Y’s athletic fields. The free event is designed for children 4–10 years old and will include a bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, knockerball, a giant dart board, music and food. The official ribbon cutting for the new YMCA library areas will be at 11am.

Come for a Free Book
To promote the excitement of reading, the first 150 children in attendance will receive an age appropriate children’s book, compliments of the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville. 

It’s Magic
The magic of books continues on the stage. In keeping with Walt Disney’s theme of “more treasure in books than all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island,” the Back to School Bash will include a magic show by Captain Jim, a popular local entertainer. Captain Jim will be dressed as a pirate. The magic show is the final activity at the Back to School Bash.

ALL ABOUT CHILDREN

Celebrating 30 Years of Service
This year the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville is completing a year-long celebration of its 30th year of existence. The Kiwanis Club mission statement reads, “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.” The club meets for lunch every Wednesday at Giadas Trattoria. We invite guests to be part of this youth-serving organization.

Kiwanis School Partnerships
Founded in 1988 its key focus area has always been “Young Children – Priority One.” The club works closely with Kernersville area schools. The Kiwanis Club offers two student incentive programs to local elementary schools: (1) Terrific Kids provides incentives for positive behavior and academic achievement. (2) The BUG initiative lives up to its acronym by providing incentives for students who Bring Up Grades. For older students, the Kernersville Kiwanis Club offers to assist with middle school Builder’s Clubs and high school Key Clubs. Kiwanis often provides support towards college tuition for several graduating high school seniors from Key Clubs. The club also contributes each year to the chamber’s education grants to help teachers develop creative learning opportunities.

Service to Local Young Children
The Kiwanis Club is also known for hosting the Miss Mary’s Children’s Parade, an event conceived by area pre-school teacher Mary Mullinax to provide a patriotic experience for young children. Miss Mary’s Children’s Parade has been held the Saturday before July 4 for 36 years with the club coordinating this colorful event since 1996.

Learning Through Books
Children’s learning opportunities has always been an emphasis for the Kiwanis Club of Kernersville. They have donated a personal dictionary for every third grader in the area. In 2008, the club donated dictionaries to third graders in six elementary schools. Since then, the club has increased the number of schools to receive dictionaries to 11 schools. Over the years the club has donated a total of 10,788 dictionaries. They also contribute volunteer hours and financial support to the YMCA Bright Beginnings program which provides clothing and school supplies to some of the neediest children in the area.

Kiwanis Funding
The club secures its funding through the Spring Folly barbecue booth at Main Stage, a May golf tournament and a fall Brunswick stew sale. Contributions are made to various youth programs each year, plus, the club has been setting aside funds each year for the “Literacy Signature project,” to be unveiled on September 7. The YMCA reading area and Little Library is the first of the possible multiple locations for the Little Library boxes. In addition, the signature project includes a joint sponsorship with Friends of the Library to upfit the “Maker Space” room of the new “Paddison Memorial Branch Library” in Kernersville.  

You are Invited to Celebrate with Us
The public is invited to the free Back to School Bash, held at the Kernersville Family YMCA on Saturday, September 7 from 10am–2pm. Come celebrate with us.


ABOUT THE KIWANIS CLUB OF KERNERSVILLE

  • New Members and Guests Welcome
  • Meets at Giadas Trattoria
  • Every Wednesday, 12pm-1pm
  • Club President:
    • Patti Nichols (current)
    • Molly Smith (incoming)

BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

  • Kernersville Family YMCA
  • September 7, 2019, 10am-2pm
  • Children: 4-10 years old
  • Book Dedication: 11am
  • Captain Jim Magic Show: 1pm (approx.)

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