Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs provide service and leadership opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities around the world. We sponsor the Key Club at Bandera High School, the Builders Club at Bandera Middle School and BUG (Bringing Up Grades) programs at Alkek Elementary School and Hill Country Elementary School.
Key Club International is the high school service club organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. It is a student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.
There are approximately 50 members in the Bandera High School Key Club for the 2011-12 academic year. They have volunteered at the Helping Hand social services agency, served meals at a homeless shelter, provided “trauma teddies” (stuffed animals for EMS personnel to give to traumatized children), and sung carols at convalescent homes.
Builders Club is the middle school service club sponsored by Kiwanis International. It has the same basic structure, mission and core values of Key Club.
There are 44 7th and 8th graders in the Bandera Middle Club for the 2011-12 academic year. In an effort to encourage service to the school and community, the members are required to donate at least 12 hours of service to be eligible for their field trip in May.
These are some of the activities the club participates in:
- Paper recycling
- Trick or Treat for UNICEF
- High School homecoming parade
- High School homecoming window painting
- Spirits of Christmas canned food drive
- Pep rally skits
The BUG Program was created to provide academic recognition for students who improve their grades. This is in contrast with the ordinary academic recognition given to those students who are able to maintain a “B” average or better or those who excel beyond their peers. The BUG Program is a positive reinforcement system designed to help motivate students who might not otherwise receive academic awards.
Bandera County Kiwanis presents BUG certificates to 3rd graders at both Alkek and Hill Country Elementary Schools at assemblies after each term. Boys and girls bicycles are awarded at the end of the year to two students who brought up grades during the year at each school.