On Monday, Dec. 9 the fifth-/sixth-grade K-Kids and seventh-/eighth-grade Builder’s Club groups joined together for the Second Annual Shoe Box Project.

The two groups collectively assembled 40 shoeboxes containing basic necessities for children staying at the ACCESS shelter. The 40 shoeboxes — 21 for girls and 19 for boys — each contained the following: pencils, crayons, washrag, bar of soap, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, flashlight, package of hard candy, coloring/activity book and a notebook. The boys each received a matchbox car and the girls’ boxes included ponytail holders. Over 2,000 items were collected and put into the boxes by the K-Kids and Builder’s Club members.

Both clubs are very grateful for the support and assistance they receive from the Nevada Golden K and Nevada Kiwanis clubs for this service project and much more throughout the year. All items for the boxes were donated by members of both clubs, along with breakfast items served during the event. In addition, the clubs extend a thank-you to McDonalds for donating the morning juice and cups. Also, they wish to thank the Nevada Middle School for supporting the activities of both clubs and identifying spaces for their meetings.

The fifth-/sixth-K-Kids meet the second Monday of each month during the school year, starting at 9:15 a.m., in the middle school library. K-Kids is an international student-led organization, providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.

Nevada seventh- and eighth-graders make up the Builder’s Club, whose motto is "building leaders," and the overall vision for all Builder’s Club internationally is to "develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service." The Builder’s Club meets monthly in the Nevada Middle School cafeteria on the second Monday, beginning at 9 a.m.