2023 Rise and Shine with Kiwanis for Kids

2023 Rise & Shine with Kiwanis for Kids

Held on September 28th, 2023 at The Well, CDC in Akron, Ohio, Rise & Shine with Kiwanis for Kids was a breakfast event in which we all came together in recognizing Akron school educators, celebrating student and community supporters, and promoting youth service leadership clubs throughout Akron-area schools by becoming a supporter and helping us promote the club's mission of Building Leaders One Child at a Time. A special thanks to our sponsors, with whom we could not have held such a wonderful event. If you were unable to join us, you can see all we accomplished below. 

Kiwanis Awards

We Honored:

  • Tammy Brady, Director of Special Education, Akron Public Schools for thirty years of outstanding service to children and families with special needs (David James Excellent Educator Award)
  • Ilene Shapiro, Executive, Summit County, for her outstanding leadership and dedication to children and families of Summit County (Kiwanis Community Advocate Award)
  • Students from Akron Public Schools enrolled in the Construction and Building Technology Program at Ellet and Garfield High Schools

$9000 in Grants Were Awarded:

  • CASA for the “Prom for Akron’s Foster Youth” program.
  • First Tee for the “SNAG (Starting New at Golf) Bag for Julie Billart School for Children with Learning Differences” program
  • Rape Crisis Center, for your “Akron-Area At-Risk Youth Support Groups” program
  • Battered Women’s Shelter, for your “Family Services Summer Supplies” program
  • Victim’s Assistance for the “Advocacy for Children and Families” program.
Logos of the 2023 Grant recipients
The Well CDC and Akron Foodworks vendor Soul Bowl

Hosted by The Well CDC and Breakfast catered by Soul Bowl - Akron Foord Works Vendor.

Images from our Event

Past President Dennis Loughry
Past President Dennis Loughry

Why should you support An Evening With Kiwanis for Kids?

Proceeds raised will be used to grow and maintain Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs.) SLPs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities and provides them an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service. SLPs are leadership and character-building programs hosted in a school and sponsored and supported by a Kiwanis club. The Foundation and Akron Club currently support the following SLP clubs: Builders Club, Key Club, and Aktion Club.

Our primary goal is to grow and maintain service leadership programs (Builders Clubs) for each public and private middle school in the Greater Akron area. A Builders Club—the largest service organization for middle school students ages 11 to 15—is designed to provide members with opportunities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. The club is student led, operates under school regulations, and draws its members from the student body. When started at a young age, the service club experience prepares its members to become the most engaged members of their communities—now and in the future.

We know the transition from grade school to middle school can be tough for any adolescent boy or girl. Common challenges children face include dealing with social pressures, making new friends, communicating with teachers, confronting bullies, becoming a positive contributor, bouncing back from failure and disappointments, and learning about the world. With your help, our middle school-aged children will have access to programming and resources that will help them transition into confident young adults.

Children can continue in service leadership programs during the high school years by being members of a Key Club. Members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with our local Kiwanis Club, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities.
Kiwanis Aktion Klub
Kiwanis Builders Club
Kiwanis Key Clubb
Kiwanis Student Leader programs