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Many thanks go to the generous students, parents and faculty who last month supported a Kiwanis International fundraising effort entitled “Project Eliminate” — a multi-year collaboration between Kiwanis and UNICEF to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus in developing countries. Tetanus is a devastating disease, which on the average takes the life of a baby every nine minutes, and yet is completely preventable with a series of three inoculations for mothers, at a cost of only $1.80.
Three of our Kiwanis-sponsored youth clubs — K-Kids at Aspen School, K-Kids at Barranca Mesa School and the Builders Club at Los Alamos Middle School all took part in a “Penny Wars,” or “Penny Pileup” campaign. The elementary school classrooms and the middle school Hawk teams vied against each other to earn the most points, where each classroom/team earned positive points with pennies and dollar bills, but vying classrooms/teams could “sabotage” their rivals with silver coins, which counted negative. Prizes were awarded to each classroom/team with the most net points and also to those that had the most overall money collected. We are thrilled to say that because of the over-the-top enthusiasm exhibited in this campaign, we will be presenting checks in the amount of $3,152 to Project Eliminate.
I would especially like to thank our school staff who made it all possible: K-Kids faculty advisor Sharon Allen and Jan White at Aspen School, K-Kids faculty advisor Audrey Juliani and administrator Denise Carson at Barranca School, and Builders Club faculty advisor Amy Bartlett at the middle school. And thanks also go to our school Principals who allowed us to carry out this campaign.
President, Los Alamos Kiwanis Club