WEST CALDWELL, NJ — K-Kids, an international student-led organization and a program of Kiwanis International providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership locally run in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, had Caldwell-West Caldwell elementary school students engaged in several projects this fall.

Jefferson Elementary School K-Kids recently collected more than $400 for UNICEF and also held a Spirit Week for the families affected by the recent fire in Caldwell. The Spirit Week raised funds through theme days on which students donated funds while participating in a variety of school spirit activities. 

Wilson Elementary School K-Kids collected donations to benefit the Elimination Fund, which is committed to eliminating childhood diseases by providing vaccines to children and mothers in need.

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In November, the club is holding a Caldwell Food Pantry food drive, collecting cereal, peanut butter & jelly, pasta, lunch snacks and canned fruit and vegetables to help struggling local families. In March, the Wilson K-Kids plan to hold their annual three-on-three fourth and fifth grade basketball tournament to benefit a charity of the club’s choice.

Lincoln Elementary School K-Kids also collected for UNICEF, marking the third-consecutive year that they have contributed hundreds of dollars to the organization.  Lincoln School also assists James Caldwell High School Football Coach Ken Trimmer by taking part in his toy drive for St. Rocco’s Family Shelter in Newark.

The objectives of K-Kids are to provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community, to develop leadership potential, to foster the development of strong moral character, and to encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.