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Sunday May 1, 2016 at 4:04pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: Intermediate


On April 27, student members of the intermediate school’s Kiwanis Key Club – “K-Kids” – were recognized at an awards ceremony for their participation in a variety of regional contests. Mary Jo Wagner, head of the K-Kids program, and Paul Dombal, school principal, presented award certificates on behalf of the New York District K-Kids Committee. 

Minisink Valley’s K-Kids won first place in the categories of Scrapbook and Picture Book. Adisyn Babish, a 5th grader, won two second-places in the Essay and Poster categories. The first-place wins advance Minisink Valley students to the international competition.

“I love working with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders of Minisink Valley Intermediate School.  I went to school here and taught here for 34 years.  Children are wonderful in their caring ways, always seeking to do good for the community.  Kiwanis gives them that focus—and we have fun! The contests are just another opportunity for us to work together and develop their individual talents and skills,” said Mary Jo Wagner.

Fifth grader Isabella, K-Kids president at the intermediate school, is happy with the club’s activities this academic year. “We donated food and shoes, helped around the school and the community. We served soup on Saturdays – it feels great!”

“We worked hard to put the book pages together, but it was a lot of fun. Last year I won third place in the poster contest. This year I didn’t win anything, but I’m still happy to participate,” said 5th grader Gabe Fernandez.

“I didn’t win either but I love being a part of this club. Mrs. Wagner does an amazing job teaching and helping us to be more caring,” said Jonah Podgorsky, a 5th grader.

Kiwanis Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to serve their school and community, build character and develop leadership.

Congratulations to the IS K-Kids and best of luck in the International competition!