Easton Area School District Partner in Education Award April 2013

Kiwanis Club of Easton for Partners of Education

As a teacher, one of the hardest things to teach our students isn’t found in book, or standard, or even through the “newest way to teach” What is it? Empathy, and the ability to care for others. In this day in age. where there are few jobs and more families going without, there is one organization who has helped me, an educator, teach students in my school just this lesson … empathy and the ability to put someone else before themselves. Our club, The Leopard Council K-Kids, thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Easton, has learned to care and putt others before themselves.

With a very diverse group of students in third and fourth grade of varying backgrounds, academics, and social experiences, these students have collected thousands of “tabs” for the Ronald McDonald House, recycled paper for Meals on Wheels have a “new friend” from the Easton Home, (in which students write pen pal letters back and forth to this new friend and are learning history from people who lived what they have only read about in history books), and are getting ready to participate in a St. Baldrick’s “Shave for the Brave” event.

This group has helped the club to think outside the box of helping others and have given us the support needed to make every project we have tried, a success. Throughout working with this group the students were reminded, “This is your club. We are here to help you make your ideas become realities”, and realities the projects have become.

These students have also taken on a new role in their young school career in our school. They are our student leaders, The Leopard Council K-Kids are the ones who gel the word out to the rest of the student body, teachers. and families about the various community service projects they are working on. They are role models for the other students in the school. They are the ones who give up time after school and recess to help others they will never meet. All of which is possible with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Easton.

So I am writing this nomination, for the Partners of Education, to go to the

Kiwanis Club of Easton. If you have any question at all whether or not the Kiwanis Club deserves to win this nomination, then I invite you personally, to come and talk with my Leopard Council K-Kids. and listen to what they say about how the Kiwanis Members have helped with our projects and how it feels to be able to show empathy and care for( others.

I thank you for your time and consideration to award The Kiwanis Club of Easton for the Partners of Education Award.

Katie Wilcox
3rd grade teacher/Leopard Council K-Kids Advisor
March Elementary


Martin Zippel Award from the Easton Boys & Girls Club 2012

Barb Kowitz, president-elect of the Easton Kiwanis Club, and Rog Conners, president of the Easton Kiwanis Foundation, received the Martin Zippel Award from Dean Young, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Easton.

The annual award recognizes an outstanding individual, agency or business in the community that demonstrates exceptional integrity, leadership and consistency in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Easton, its vision and mission statements, and who have made major contributions in improving the quality of life for disadvantaged youth in the Lehigh Valley.

“The Kiwanis Club has been a stalwart leader in this community serving local youth through diverse campaigns and projects,” said Young. “The organization has provided consistent financial support to the Boys & Girls Club through some difficult times, and we are grateful especially for their support of our location back to the South Side Clubhouse. This summer Kiwanis members volunteered at the club in conjunction with the Cops n’ Kids Reading Club.”

Earlier in 2012 the Kiwanis Club of Easton and its members assisted the Boys & Girls Club with the donation and installation of a state-of-the-art scoreboard in the gymnasium and with a security camera system installed throughout the new clubhouse.

The Zippel award was presented prior to the annual Boys & Girls Club’s Easton Jazz Festival at Lafayette College. Young established the award in 1996 to honor Martin Zippel’s outstanding leadership, dedication and financial support of the club since its opening in 1974.   Article by: KJ Frantz, September 28, 2012