The Kiwanis Builders Club at Windsor’s Sage Park Middle School was honored at the Connecticut State Capitol Building for its community service project entitled Serving the Hungry – Restaurant Style. The 25-member after-school enrichment club is a statewide winner of the State Student Advisory Council on Education and Connecticut Commissioner of Education’s “2012 Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award.” Representatives of The Builders Club attended the June 4 ceremony in the Capitol’s Old Judiciary Room, with Windsor Public Schools Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar, Sage Park Principal Paul Cavaliere, Jr., and their Club’s Advisor and Sage Park Spanish teacher David Schultz.
The Sage Park Middle School Builders Club members were honored for preparing meals and feeding more than 100 hungry people at the Hands on Hartford Soup Kitchen this past winter. The project began last Columbus Day weekend when the students raised $256 at the Windsor Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Challenge by selling water to cool down people after they ate hot chili.
Using the money they raised at that event, the students purchased the groceries and, on January 31, served meals for 102 diners who included elderly people and families with young children. Working in small teams, they prepared salad, vegetarian pasta, meat sauce, garlic bread and dessert, and served the meals restaurant style at their guests’ tables. The students also talked and played games with the diners before dinner was served.
Kiwanis Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. It is a student-led community service organization and members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. The Windsor Kiwanis Club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the Sage Park Middle School’s club’s sponsor.
For more about the Sage Park Middle School’s After-School Enrichment Clubs, call (860) 687-2030. For information about the Windsor Board of Education and any of its schools, visit www.windsorct.org or call (860) 687-2000.