Accomplishments

Here are a few of our accomplishments from the past year (2019 through 2020):

School Accomplishments

IPS #48 (Louis B. Russell School, 3455 Central Avenue)

  • Donated books signed by speakers at weekly meetings
  • Recruited volunteers for “Read Around the World”
  • When the reading event was cancelled, mailed 89 books to the homes of Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade students
  • Provided 4 weekly classroom tutors in several subjects and grades
  • Sent 20 students to Heartland Film Festival to view film shorts and learn the skills of interviewing and filmmaking
  • Provided funds to purchase materials to create a model of the solar system
  • Provided transportation and lunch for 44 6th grade students to visit IUPUI to be exposed to the college experience
  • Purchased supplies for use in math classes, to assist students in understanding math concepts

When Covid 19 shutdown occurred, worked with the school to provide STEAM materials for virtual instruction. Materials were provided in all grades, as follows:

  • Purchased: for Pre-K, K, and 1st—My First Science Kits
  • For 2nd grade—Smart Circuits Games and Gadgets Electronics Lab
  • For 3rd grade—Big Bag of Science Works
  • For 4th grade—Exploring Building Blocks Book 3
  • For 5th grade—STEM Challenges Learning Cards
  • For 6th grade—Smithsonian Mega Science Lab
  • For incentives—Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM kits, Clean Energy from Mud IPS

#55 Butler Lab School (1349 E. 54th Street)

  • Funded a parent and student painting event, where each created a painting
  • Provided funds to purchase cameras for use in art projects
  • Provided funds for a jewelry-making project

IPS #43 James Whitcomb Riley School

  • Purchased a classroom iPad for IPS #87 George Washington Carver school
  • Provided $2,000 to fund a ukulele after-school class, including instruments and instructor expenses

IPS #59 (Merle Sidener Gifted Academy, Kessler and Keystone)

  • Provided $1,000 to support the robotics club

#91 (Rousseau McClellan School, 5111 Evanston)

  • Purchased materials to use in learning basketweaving
  • Purchased musical equipment of NoteKnacks and Rhythm Sticks

Shortridge High School: International Baccalaureate (3401 N. Meridian)

  • Provided funds to purchase a laptop for use in math classes
  • Purchased copies for each student of two works of dramatic literature, enabling the class to study them together
  • Purchased iPad for math class
  • Purchased a physical model for use in pig dissection
  • Provided funds to purchase microphones and recording equipment to learn podcasting
  • Purchased water testing equipment for environmental science classes

Midtown STEAM support through TechPoint Foundation for Youth:

  • Spent $500 to sponsor a girls STEM activity

Service to Community

  • Cleaned and maintained our adopted median at 70th and College on a weekly basis
  • Co-sponsored the clean-up of Broad Ripple Village on the first Saturday of every month
  • Sponsored the paper products recycling bin behind Einstein Bagels in Broad Ripple
  • Gave financial sponsorship to the BR Home Tour
  • Co-sponsored BR Lights Up! holiday parade, and participated in the event. 

Fundraisers

  • Hosted the eighth annual Pints for Half-Pints event on October 18, 2019, raising over $20,000The event was staged with more than 40 members and friends who volunteered (read the article in Kiwanis Magazine)
  • Sold car wash coupons, raising $1,000 
  • Hosted a beer and chocolate tasting, raising $1,250

Other Donations and Efforts

  • Continued to support Haverford Little League, with $500 sponsorship
  • Donated $1,000 to support after-school STEAM programs of AYS
  • Continued to support STEAM-focused summer day camp scholarships at Jordan YMCA with $1,000 donation
  • Continued to donate to the Kiwanis International Eliminate Program. As of June 2021, we have contributed $30,000 toward the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide.
  • Donated $1,000 to Kiwanis Indiana District for the support of IU-Riley Hospital Child Life program