Kiwanis is built on the principle that when you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. The Altus Kiwanis Club recently partnered with educators of Altus Public Schools to provide school welcome packets for new students who arrive in the middle of the school year.
Although it is not always convenient, children begin their educational journey in Altus at different times during the school year, not just the first day. When one of the Altus Kiwanis Club members attended the workshop, Supporting Military Children Through School Transitions, many of the staff identified the need for basic supplies for the student that first day they arrive.
Often the student is brought to the office to check in and then sent to class without any basic supplies to begin their learning experience. Because first impressions can quickly shape that child and family’s view of our school system and our community, the Altus Kiwanis Club provided each of the eight schools in the Altus Public School System with school welcome packets to give to these new students.
The five elementary schools were provided with crayons, scissors, a pencil and a pencil pouch. The Altus Intermediate School was provided map pencils, a pencil, a pen, a pencil pouch and spiral notebook for each packet. The Altus Junior High and Altus High School were provided packets with a pencil pouch, pen, pencil and spiral notebook.
While the Altus Kiwanis Club provided the basic supplies, each school was encouraged to customize these packets with any additional information about their specific school or to supplement the welcome packets they may already have. The Altus Kiwanis Club recognizes the valuable influence educators have in shaping the lives of our community’s youngest members and wanted to provide a token of our appreciation for all that our local schools do.
The Altus Kiwanis Club invites you to join them as they strive to change the world one child and one community at a time. The Altus Kiwanis meets weekly on Fridays at the Western Oklahoma State College Student Center.
Sunnye Cope is a Family Advocacy Intervention Specialist with the 97th Medical Group at AAFB