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  • Service Learning Opportunities!

    Kids in summer KIDS Club &  WISE Guys have opportunities to participate in service learning! Here are some of the things we have done in the past. 
    *Visit and do organized activities at "The Waters" in Edina with elderly residents. For more information about The Waters, you can visit their web site at: http://www.thewatersseniorliving.com/communities/edina/
    *Weed and water the gardens
    *Participate in the V.E.A.P. Food drive. Kids will have the opportunity to decorate letters for residents, deliver the letters attached to grocery bags (donated by Jerry's Foods) and pick up the food that is donated.
    Attend the WISE Guys Carnival in the summer, to support V.E.A.P.. All proceeds from the carnival go to V.E.A.P. 
    *Pick up trash on the playground
    Valentines for the Elderly at the Waters
    On the February 4th late start day, our kids took the extra two hours to create Valentines for the elderly people living at The Waters. Then, on Friday, February 13th, 5 of our kiddos were able to have the opportunity to actual deliver the Valentines in person! The kids did an awesome job, and the residents were happy to receive the homemade cards from the kids! What a great relationship we are forming with our friends at The Waters! We will be setting up more opportunities to do activities with the residents there. Great job kids!! 
    Sandwich Making for 363
    On December 31st, the kids from ALL 6 KIDS Club sites were able to get together and once again make sandwiches for 363! We were able to make around 1,500 sandwiches!! WOW!! Thanks to all of the very generous donations from everyone who made this event possible!!
     This past summer, the kids made 500 sandwiches for 363! The sandwiches were distributed THAT night to adults and children who are homeless, in Minneapolis. The kids had a great experience, and were able to do so much in such a short time! What a great organization we helped out!! 
    For more information about 363 or Allan Law, you can visit them at: http://www.363days.org/

    Reading with Elderly at Friendship Village
     About 50 kids traveled to Friendship Village in Bloomington and read to the elderly men and women. They not only read, but had good conversations, and simply spent time with the residents. The kids heard some really exciting stories, and left feeling great about their service!
    For more information about Friendship Village of Bloomington, you can go to: http://www.lifespacecommunities.com/senior-living-bloomington/

    Bookmarks and Books donated to Children's Hospital
    KIDS Club collected around 1,000 books that were donated to Children's Hospital, and included a couple hundred homemade bookmarks. The hospital was thrilled to have such a large donation of books and bookmarks come their way! What a successful book drive! 


    For more information about the Children's Hospital of Minnesota, go to: http://www.childrensmn.org/

    Donations for V.E.A.P.
    Over the years, KIDS Club has donated all sorts of things to our local food shelf, V.E.A.P. We have donated fresh fruits and vegetables from our community garden. We have collected non-perishable food through food drives, as well as collected new toys for the holiday season.

    Parents in our program generously donated food and toys that will go to needy families in our communities. The people at V.E.A.P. were very excited to receive our donations! Thanks to all the families who participate in our donation programs. 
    For more information about V.E.A.P. you can go to: http://www.veapvolunteers.org/

    "Kids Color for Caring" Program
    Recently our kids participated in a program with Creek Valley KIDS Club, to help patients at Southdale Hospital. Kids at Countryside contributed to the 300 coloring sheets that were colored by the K-3rd graders throughout KIDS Club, and sent to Southdale Hospital. What a great way to bring cheer to those in need during the holidays! 

    For more information about Fairview/Southdale Hospital: http://www.fairview.org/index.htm

     "Coats for Kids" through Pilgrim Dry Cleaners
    Countryside KIDS Club participated in the Coats for Kids Drive again this year. Thanks to your support, we were able to collect 22 coats this year to donate to Coats for Kids. Thanks for your participation!!

    • Sharing And Caring Hands
    • Ronald McDonald House
    • Catholic Charities
    • Lutheran Social Services
    • STEP
    • CEAP
    • Hope for the City
     Sabathani Community Center

    For more information about Coats for Kids you can go to: http://www.pilgrimdrycleaners.com/coats-for-kids/

     Trick or Treat for UNICEF

    With the help of the Edina United for UNICEF Group at Edina High School (http://united4unicef.wix.com/united4unicef) the kids participated in a tradition that's been going on for more than 60 years; collecting change for UNICEF while trick or treating. KIDS Club raised over $650 as a whole! What a huge success! Thanks to all who participated!
    For more information about Trick or Treat for Unicef, you can go to: http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat/

    Handmade Fleece Blankets

    KIDS Club kids spent their free choice time over the course of a few weeks in January, 2012, creating "kid friendly" fleece blankets. 13 blankets were created and donated to "Grant Nursery School" in North Minneapolis. They were thrilled to receive these blankets!! 
    For more information about Grant Nursery School, you can visit their Web site at: http://www.cccminneapolis.org/grantnursery.html


    For more information about this, or any of our community service projects, you can contact KIDS Club site manager, Erica Koller or 952/848-4775. Please let us know if you have a community service idea that you would like to see us do!