Monthly Archives: November 2017

Learning to Serve; by Claude Cunningham

We are taught to share from our earliest days. Parents insist that children share their toys, that the children not be “stingy”, that they not keep everything to themselves. As we grow into adults, we continue to share, but sharing is not serving. Kiwanis focuses our efforts on the children on the world, through our institutional mottos and the ladder of organizations created to help us help others learn to serve. Serving is the selfless giving of one’s time, talents and treasure to meet the needs of others.

Last Friday, the Key Club at Mansfield High School invited the Builders’ Club members from Mary Orr Intermediate to a social and to work with them on a service project. The social included a couple of games, pizza and the opportunity for students from grades 5 and 6 to interact with students grades 9 – 12 and for all to get to know one another. Kids just naturally bond over pizza; well, at least they try to share the same space in front of the pizza boxes. Learning each other’s names through a game was fun for all and really did allow them to learn something about each other.

The service aspect of the evening was interesting. The Key Club had some extra club tee shirts. They wanted to make “Super Hero Capes” for the patients at Children’s Hospital. Personally, I found the process exciting as it gave me an idea of what to do with my old tee shirts. I can explain the process to you if you want to do the same. The younger kids got the idea, give something to those without and do it with your own hands.

The Builders’ Club members have begun two service projects of their own. First, they sponsor the campus Angel Tree for needy students at Mary Orr. They will be assembling the tree and decorating it on November 15, wrapping the gifts in early December for distribution before the holidays. Their other project was to adopt a teacher on the Texas Gulf Coast whose building and teaching supplies were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. They have made contact and begun to collect the supplies the teacher needs for her students.

Christmas will come soon and I believe that there is a large number of Builders’ Club and Key Club members who will have a much better idea of service than they had last year. This is one of the great goals of Kiwanis, to Serve the Children of the World. Surely these members of our Student Leadership Programs are learning how to serve.