The month of May is Student Achievement Month for Kiwanis, and this week the club presented the Outstanding Community Service Award to students from Terrace Park Elementary and Mariemont Elementary.
This year, the Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to Madison Roetting at Terrace Park Elementary and Bennett Turan at Mariemont Elementary.
Madison has volunteered 128 hours and 15 minutes of her time this school year and many of her service hours included helping the school community with safety patrol hours and Builders Club service projects. She also spent many hours helping at church during Sunday school and in the Terrace Park Elementary kindergarten classrooms, evidence of her passion for working with children.
“Since the day she started working at church to now, we can see a huge difference with her interaction with the preschool age kids she volunteers with," said Madison's mom, Michelle. "She loves them while also teaching them.”
Madison said her inspiration to help others came from her mother, who provides her children with opportunities to help around their community, church and city. This passion to give back to the community runs in the family - last year, Madison's brother, Logan, received the Community Service Award.
"it was pretty clear early on that Madison loved giving back to the community," said Ann Williams, 6th grade teacher and Builders Club advisor. "She was always there to help. I am really excited to see what the future holds for Madison; she’s an incredible girl who is going to go far in life."
Fifth grade teacher Jill Colaw said she is inspired by Bennett Turan and his desire to serve others. "I stopped counting after Bennett had reached 50 hours of service, which was really early in the school year."
His biggest endeavor this year was Pencils for People, an organization he created because he discovered that some children in Haiti often do not have writing tools to use. He organized a drive at school and then partnered with Mathew 25: Ministries to get the supplies to the children.
"Bennett goes above and beyond. He has also picked up trash, made bunk beds for people in Haiti, served at church soup kitchens, helped with Lumenaria, wrapped presents and the list goes on," said Colaw. "He is a fine example of a true servant who goes above and beyond to help others."
Congratulations to these two students and role models!
"We would like to extend our thanks to Don Guerney and Jack Smith, the Kiwanis members who help with the Builders Clubs in both of our elementary school buildings," said Linda Lee, principal at Terrace Park Elementary. "Elementary school is the foundation of instilling community service in students and that really that starts with Kiwanis." Builders Club is dedicated to community service, and is where the students get an opportunity to get involved with leadership opportunities. The Builders Club members in both elementary schools assist in various ways around the school building and the community. Click here for more information about our local Kiwanis chapter.
"Our Kiwanis Club inspires us to grow this idea of service from the very beginning because it’s important that we teach even our youngest learners to be respectful and responsible citizens," said Ericka Simmons, principal at Mariemont Elementary. "We are grateful for Kiwanis' presence, support, community service and all they do to make a difference in the lives of our students and community."