UPCOMING EVENTS!SANTA'S WORKSHOP:
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Drop in to visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, get your face painted and create some crafts!
Location: Stoughton Community Building at River Bluff Middle School, 235 N. Forrest St.
Trick or Treat Food Drive Brings In Record 2600 Pounds of Food
"All the ghosts, goblins, princesses and supermen in Stoughton schools collected 2,633 pounds for food this year," said Glenn McNaughton, President of the Kiwanis Club. For the last 12 years Stoughton schools, the library and daycare centers have worked together to organize a food drive for the Stoughton food pantry and the Methodist Church food pantry to gather food for families having a hard time. The Kiwanis Club works with school staff, daycares and city library staff to organize the drive.
The idea: Some schools choose to have Halloween costume parties at the school and conduct food drives at their schools. On Halloween night, as youth go door to door collecting treats, all kids can ask for a bit of food for our local pantries. Kids learn helping others is fun explained McNaughton. Parents or kids bring donated food to schools, city library, city hall or Yahara Coop and drop in large food barrels.
Last year all the schools collected about 1,900 pounds of food. McNaughton said this year's 2,600 pounds is a record. "We thank the citizens of Stoughton, parents, students and school staff for all helping our community be a caring place to live and raise kids."
Dave Diericks, Stoughton food pantry leader, said, "The City Food Pantry continues to serve a historically high number of clients averaging 540 people each month in 2013. We are extremely thankful to the Stoughton community for the support we receive. These food drives help us immensely in keeping our shelves stocked."
"Sandhill students conducted their food drive for a week. The top event was a very successful Halloween Costume Party and Dance on Oct 18. The kids love helping others and we use this food drive as method to teach community service," said Melissa Reese, physical education teacher at Sandhill elementary school.
River Bluff, food drive volunteer Jen Polglaze, 6th grade teacher explained, "Our middle school families and staff were so generous this year. We tried a new approach, organizing the food drive through our new Advisory period. Students are meeting daily with staff, in mostly small groups, to focus on academic and social skills as well as relationship- and community-building. Community service fits into this program perfectly! We also used a friendly competition to drive donations, and kids have a lot of fun motivating each other in this way. We are pleased that our participation was so high - I estimate that we had close to 1250 items donated, which is phenomenal."
These schools participated: Sandhill, Kegonsa, Fox Prairie, River Bluff, LaPetite and Martin Luther Christian. The UPS Store donates the printing, Asleson's Hardware donates use of a trailer to haul food barrels and the Community Action Commission loans barrels. "We thank all involved," said McNaughton. All food collected goes to the Stoughton and Methodist Church food pantries.
The Stoughton Kiwanis Club installed new officers and welcomed a new member Thursday, October 17th.
Pictured in the photo, Back Row: Bruce Hoehme, Deputy Lt. Governor, Charles Price, Lt. Governor, Brian Shimon, Vice President. Front row: Barry Verdegan, Secretary, Sid Boersma, new member, Mary McNaughton, Past President, Glenn McNaughton, President.
Do YOU have a "Volunteering Spirit"?
Our club meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of every month from 5:30-6:30 PM located at The Vennevoll Clubhouse on Henry Street and Ridge Street (shown on map below). We'd love to see you there if you're interested in checking us out and have a volunteer-spirit!
Club's mail address:
Kiwanis Club of Stoughton
PO Box 555
What do Stoughton Kiwanians "do"? How do we "get involved"? How do we "help youth"? Here's a partial list!
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