Wellington Middle School presents the Builders Club

Photo courtesy of Kiwanis Key Leader Program

Annie Lindgren

North Forty News

There are over 1,500 Builders Clubs in colleges around the world, and no two are alike. Each club is uniquely designed for its members, by its members. Students work together to improve their schools and communities on the projects they choose. Sixth, seventh and eighth year students at Wellington Middle School will be able to enroll from February.

Students can learn more about this opportunity and how to join the lunchtime presentations that will be scheduled. They can talk to Mr. Benedict if they have any questions. They need fifteen members to start a club. Members will learn how to run the club, elect officers, choose projects, and fund projects under the guidance of advisors. Club members will decide the meeting schedule, which will take place after school. The projects will benefit the community of Wellington.

This opportunity comes in partnership with the school and the Wellington Waverly Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club covers the $650 membership fee for Builders Club members with support from funds raised at the annual Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce dinner. This membership fee covers the bell, banner and certificates. Staff advisors who support young members include Kelby Benedict, school principal, Steve Sarno, primary Kiwanis advisor, and Richard Bacon, secondary advisor.

Builders Club is built on the principle that “amazing things happen when students take the lead.” It helps shape a generation of leaders, build stronger communities through service, and inspire students to believe in their ability to change the world. Additionally, it helps build self-confidence, facilitates active leadership, and generates a more caring and inclusive school climate.

Students will receive information at school and parents will be required to sign waivers to attend. There will be no cost to parents thanks to the Kiwanis contribution. For more information, visit the Kiwanis Builders Club website at https://www.buildersclub.org.

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