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Club serves school and community

Group teamed with Wellsburg club to help local youngster

July 8, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

FOLLANSBEE - This year the Hooverson Heights Primary School K-Kids became the latest school group to be initiated through the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club and its various projects included teaming with the Wellsburg Primary School K-Kids to help a local boy.

The new club was spawned after Linda Arbogast, a teacher at Hooverson Heights Primary School, told some of her pupils about the K-Kids chapter she advised previously at Wellsburg Primary School.

It and another chapter at Franklin Primary School were initiated in recent years by the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club to encourage children to become involved in community service.

Kiwanian Janice Smith serves as liaison between the adult club and the school groups, with teachers at their respective schools recruited to serve as advisers.

The club long ago established Key Club and Circle K chapters at Brooke High School and Bethany College, respectively.

With Arbogast and fellow teacher Suzanne Davidson agreeing to serve as advisers, the club's young members set about electing officers.

Those interested in serving as president were required to deliver a speech detailing their goals for the group.

A majority ultimately elected as president, fourth-grader Annie Parsons, who said she may pursue other leadership positions in the future.

Also elected officers were: Anthony Pannett, vice president; C.J. Helms, treasurer; and Landyn Haynes, secretary.

Haynes said her duties included keeping minutes for the club's meetings, which were held each Thursday during recess.

"It's a lot of writing," she said, but added the experience of being an officer has helped her to become more confident when speaking before others and she has made new friends.

Helms said his tasks over the year included counting money collected at Halloween for UNICEF.

Member Connor Combs said the group also has collected supplies for the Brooke County Animal Shelter and planted a garden behind the school.

"It's fun because of the projects we do," he said of the club.

Parsons said the club had fun creating signs to promote grammar rules posted in the school's hallways. For example, one resembles a "No Crossing" sign with the slang word 'ain't' within the slashed circle.

They also have visited with the classrooms of the school's younger grades, where they read stories to them and helped them practice math and vocabulary skills.

The club also teamed with the Wellsburg Primary School club to collect pop can tabs to be redeemed for a local charity.

Member Sierra Fieldman had heard about Austin Powell, a Colliers boy undergoing treatment for recurring brain tumors, and suggested the proceeds could be donated to his family.

Together the two clubs raised $102 for the cause. They continued to gather tabs afterward for the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House.

Parsons said of the club, "I think it's fun because we help people. It makes all of the K-Kids feel good."

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