Following is information about a Dinner benefitting our Jeffco kids. Our amazing friend and local advocate, Bob Zachman, is an incredible man, retired teacher, and a force of nature. Bob Supports Jeffco Kids in a big way! Mark October 3rd on your calendar and call for a reservation today at 240 Union.
Please put Oct. 3 on your calendar and enjoy a great lunch or dinner — if you have not been to 240 Union you are in for a wonderful experience, and know that you’re helping Kiwanis with our mid-year re-supply to many deserving Jeffco kids!
“The Write Stuff” Program Assists Jeffco Students
(2016 Press Release)
The Kiwanis Club of Alameda West has long supported The Action Center with helping supply approximately 5,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies for needy Jefferson County students as they begin school each fall.
However, our Kiwanis Club recognized another need to help students in January. We have several retired Jeffco teachers in our club who continue to serve as substitute teachers in Jeffco. They explained that every year they saw many children who had exhausted the school supplies they received at the start of the year and needed additional materials after the winter break. Subsequently, about six years ago our club came up with a plan which we call “The Write Stuff” program to re-supply students with additional paper, pens, crayons, colored pencils, etc. at mid-year.
The first year we selected two elementary schools with a very high percentage of free/reduced lunch students, and we gave all students a packet of school supplies. Each year the program has grown as we continued to see more schools that needed our help. We then reached out to additional Kiwanis Clubs in Jefferson County to partner with us to help with this wonderful program.
This year we had a total of eight Kiwanis Clubs who contributed funding, and volunteered time to help us expand “The Write Stuff” program: Alameda West, Applewood, Arvada-Jefferson, Belmar, Golden, Green Mountain, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.
Funds for the school supplies came from the clubs, a grant from the Rocky Mountain District Foundation, and a fundraiser at 240 Union Restaurant. The Action Center has been a partner giving us storage space, a place to pack, and delivering the supplies to the schools. The entire process starts in September with the purchasing of supplies. Packing of the supplies begins in November with distribution to the schools during the first week after winter break.
This year we served over 3,700 students in eight schools with the largest percentage of free/reduced lunch students: Edgewater, Eiber, Arvada K-8, Molholm, Pleasant View, Stevens, and Lumberg. It is very rewarding to be able to help with the distribution and see all the students say a heart-felt “thank you” along with a big smile on their face.