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Dogsitting

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
5
I watched over my grandma's dog over the weekend.

Dogsitting

Alexis - Locust Grove, Georgia - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1
Total Hours Served
5
I watch over my grandma's dog on weekends sometimes when she's out of town.

Water Conservation

landy - key biscayne, Florida - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
39
Total Hours Served
415
Students have been reading the book A World Without Fish by Mark Kurlinsky. They have learned to be stewards of their environment and to value the ocean and the interdependence of species. We partnered with EarthEcho and Waterkeepers for World Water Day. Students researched water sources and had an extra special visit from Philippe Cousteau. We tested the ocean water for salinity, PH, and turbidity. We were able to record our findings and plan to recheck the water in May and make comparisons.

Uniform Drive

Myrlene - Bronx, New York - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
12
The K-Kids collected uniforms that students have outgrown to give to students who can't afford to buy uniforms.

Read Across America Day

Jean - Fresh Meadows, New York - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
43
Total Hours Served
89
All 38 KCC members worked in pairs to read books to all of our Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes. The students chose a grade appropriate book that had been donated to the school by Scholastic Book Fairs. Labels were placed inside of each book, stating that the book would be donated to the classroom library by the KCC. The teams each read to at least one classroom of children (there are 20 classes in the lower grades).

NY Cares Coat Drive

Jean - Fresh Meadows, New York - March 28, 2017
Total Volunteers:
42
Total Hours Served
686
Kids Care Club members advertised and promoted the Coat Collection for NY Cares Coat Drive. Coats were collected for the 107th Police Precinct and for the Fresh Meadows Library, for distribution to New York City's homeless and needy population. As the coats were dropped off at School, the KCC members spent part of their lunch hours every day in sorting (between child sizes and adult sizes), folding and bagging or boxing the coats.

Sock Drive

Amelia - Woodhaven, New York - March 27, 2017
Total Volunteers:
22
Total Hours Served
24
We collected new socks to share with those in need.

Parrot Enrichment

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - March 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
14
I made toys for the birds to chew on and play with

PJ Drive for Foster Kids

Angela - Menasha, Wisconsin - March 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
5
Total Hours Served
17
We joined our local Mattress Firm Business in their efforts to collect pajamas in a PJ Drive. All pajamas collected were then turned in and they then sorted them out to give to all the local foster care children in our area. For the drive we collected any NEW, with tags on, pajamas. We collected any size, infant thru adult. We contacted local business and organizations to place collection boxes/tubs with detailed signs. We then spread the word to anyone we talked to! We had a goal of 50 pajamas collected, we were so excited in the end...we managed to exceed that goal! We collected 56 pajamas!

Family Service Saturdays:Make Your Mark On Hunger Campaign

andrea - smyrna, Georgia - March 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
26
Total Hours Served
75
Do you know that 15 Million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need? Sign-up today and help us to fight hunger! On April 09th we will be doing good by joining the Generation On “Make Your Mark On Hunger Campaign”. We will be decorating and filling canvas bags with food items to be donated to children attending Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery Program at Heritage Elementary School. At the occasion we’ll be accepting donations. Please find the list of items below: 1. Veggie Chips 2. Pudding 3. Macaroni & Cheese cups 4. Juice Boxes 5. Oatmeal 6. Apple Sauce This project is for families only!

Toys for Tots 2017

Jean - Fresh Meadows, New York - March 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
44
Total Hours Served
349
The Kids Care Club members advertised and organized our second Toys for Tots collection. This year, the collection was "kicked off" with 2 school assemblies (Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5) with guest speakers from the Regional Marine Corps Toys for Tots, including the Coordinator for Brooklyn & Queens, Staff Sgt. Herbert Nicolas. After the collection was completed, SSgt. Nicolas returned to thank the Kids Care Club for their work in collecting 4 large collection boxes of toys for needy children.

Giving Thanks for Grandparents Day

Jean - Fresh Meadows, New York - March 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
48
Total Hours Served
137.5
Students in the Kids Care Club created "Thank You" cards for Grandparents who would be attending the school's first "Giving Thanks for Grandparents Day". The day was created to give thanks for the many grandparents who are caregivers for our students ~ walk them to school & pick them up for working parents, help their grandchildren with homework, volunteer at the school for PTA projects since working parents are not available, etc. Grandparents were greeted at the school entrance by KCC members and escorted to the school cafeteria, where the grandparents were treated to coffee, tea & light snacks. Grandparents who currently are regular volunteers in the school talked to the guests about the joys of volunteering for the PTA and school projects, because it gives them more time to be with their grandchildren. At the end of the event, the grandparents were given one of the homemade cards (made by KCC) and a carnation as a keepsake.

Free Lending Libraries

Megan - Middlebury , Indiana - March 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
321
Total Hours Served
685
All students in our building worked to create and design Free Lending Libraries to be placed in our community. Our hope is that these Libraries will promote literacy in our area! Some Libraries will be indoors in various waiting rooms (doctors office, dentist office, car repair shop, etc) and some will be placed outdoors (in a local park, outside a local business, etc).

Support Our Soldiers

Jamison - Middlebury, Indiana - March 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
366
Total Hours Served
380
Excerpt from letter to NMS students and parents addressing the upcoming project at the time of implementation: "The NMS 6th grade social studies teachers have applied for and received mini-grants through GenerationOn to help fund the shipping of care packages to troops stationed overseas. For two weeks, we will be collecting items to create care packages to send. We will be sending the supplies through an organization called Operation Gratitude."

Critter Comfort

Cindy - North Garden, Virginia - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
67
Total Hours Served
138
Kids Care Club made pet beds for the local SPCA. Our 3-5 students then made dog treats as part of a fractions unit and added those to our donation.

Be a Joy Maker

Cindy - North Garden, Virginia - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
16
Total Hours Served
34
Our school collected books for Toy Lift Charities (toylift.org) and toys for Mason's Toy Box (facebook.com/MasonsToyBox/). Our student news crew created PSAs for the school morning news. Kids Care Club and SCA decorated collection boxes for MTB. We gave them all but 1 box and encouraged the other students to help fill up the one we kept. We collected 50 toys and 150 books. The books were added to gift packages put together for area families. The toys are given to children spending the holidays in the hospital.

Support Our Troops

Cindy - North Garden, Virginia - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
16
Total Hours Served
33
We put together care packages for military service men and women. The kids made cards and then collected treats and personal care items. We put it all together and donated the package to Blue Star Families.

Book Drive for Special needs children

D.J. - Duncanville, Texas - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
75
Josh decided to hold a special book drive for middle school kids to clean out their bookshelves and donate items to the book drive. Within 2 weeks Josh collected over 590 books. The Kindness Knights bagged them up in the purple bags and delivered them to Cooks Hospital Special needs unit. Josh also set 15 books aside to go to Kenya this summer to help the kids read as part of a church mission trip one of his teachers is going on.

8th Annual Equipment and Shoe Drive

D.J. - Duncanville, Texas - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
103
Total Hours Served
6450
to help kids around the world get outside and play

1st Responders

D.J. - Duncanville, Texas - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
8
Total Hours Served
330
Made 1st Responder bags with drinks, snacks and etc.

Creek Cleanup

D.J. - Duncanville, Texas - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
6
Total Hours Served
150
Orgainized a creek Cleanup

Poverty Awareness

Angela - Westerly , Rhode Island - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
63
Total Hours Served
360
Students researched and put together posters and flyers around the community center about poverty in our state and local area. The middle group of students did a simulation of a typical household and the costs. Students had to choose between electricity and food, just like families under the poverty level. Most chose food, but were upset when the food went bad because they had no electricity. The older students also organized and ran a canned food drive to support the Johnny Cake Center in Westerly. Each homeroom, younger, middle, and older, had their own collection box for canned goods and there was a competitive atmosphere for which group could collect the most canned goods. The older students checked out the website and found the items most necessary for the food pantry. Then the older students packed the canned goods and they were delivered to the Food Pantry.

Martin Luther King Jr - The Man with a Dream

Angela - Westerly , Rhode Island - March 15, 2017
Total Volunteers:
62
Total Hours Served
272
Students learned about Martin Luther King Jr., and his impact on the way our lives are today. Students participated in research about Dr. King, as well as trying several simulations about inequality and fairness. One example was giving a reward to students who were wearing jeans. The other students reported how they felt being left out. Staff explained that this was the way the minorities were treated on a daily basis. Older students completed several posters about Dr. King and the message behind his dream.

volunteering at food bank

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - March 14, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
2
I filled bags with rice.

VOLUNTEERING AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - March 14, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I played with dogs and cats.

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