Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

K-Kids at Eastside take action

Fifth-grader Arianna Minnie, 10, front, helps organize treat bags for teachers with classmate Abbey Linville, 11. K-Kids adviser  Cindy Kinner is in the background. The Eastside Elementary K-Kids gave teachers chocolates and bookmarks as surprises after FCAT.

PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE | Special to the Times

Fifth-grader Arianna Minnie, 10, front, helps organize treat bags for teachers with classmate Abbey Linville, 11. K-Kids adviser Cindy Kinner is in the background. The Eastside Elementary K-Kids gave teachers chocolates and bookmarks as surprises after FCAT.

BROOKSVILLE — The Eastside Elementary School K-Kids, the elementary school level service organization sponsored by Kiwanis, have been mighty busy this school year. Most recently, they made and packaged dog biscuits and made cat toys to take to the Humane Society.

"We used oil and water and flour and smushed all the ingredients in a bowl and put it out flat with a rolling pin," said the group's president Arianna Minnie, 10, grade 5.

The students cut out shapes: fish, stars, hearts, umbrellas and dog toys. Their teachers took them home to bake.

Back at school, students packed the biscuits in bags to take to the dogs. "We give dog biscuits to them," Arianna said. "We feed them to the dogs, so we actually go there.

"This year we're taking dog biscuits and cat toys for the cats, 'cause last year we didn't and we felt bad about the cats," Arianna said. "We go there because we want to help them and we like the environment and animals."

The students made cat toys by filling baby socks with fluff and a pinch of catnip. They tied them closed with yarn and decorated them with faces. "The yarn," Arianna explained, "is like a tail and it looks like a mouse."

Another activity at a recent meeting was the creation of appreciation bags for teachers. Their advisers, third-grade teacher Cindy Kinner and fourth-grade teacher Kelly Slaga, directed the students to put chocolate pieces and bookmarks into decorated bags to give to teachers as a post-FCAT surprise.

"It's, like, to appreciate them," said Arianna. "We're happy to be their students."

This particular K-Kids group has an environmental theme. The students collect recyclables each Friday (if it's not raining) from classrooms around the school. They pick up paper, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. These students designed shirts and badges to identify them while they're collecting. The shirts and badges were produced by the Brooksville Kiwanis.

Bins for recyclables are outside classrooms and the K-Kids take them to a county-provided compartmented dumpster. Each classroom has a posted sign describing what items are acceptable for the school's recycling program.

"We started this program three years ago," said Kinner.

"I care for the environment," said Arianna, a third-year K-Kid, "and I want to help the environment and animals. I think it's important to care for the environment because it's where we live and we don't want trash."

The K-Kids encourage the classes to participate with monthly winners for consistency in collecting the reusable materials. "Some classrooms don't recycle," said Kinner, so participating rooms are rewarded with ice pops and ribbons. A chart recognizes the participants, too.

The program is so well established in Kinner's classroom that her own students police her in case she strays. "If I throw a piece of paper in the basket by mistake, my students will say, 'Ms. Kinner, recycle,' " she said.

"I've been in K-Kids since it started and this is our 10th anniversary," Kinner said. "I get so much out of it. I think it's important to offer it to help our students grow. We try to promote our K-Kids to be good role models."

K-Kids at Eastside take action 03/31/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays waste repeated opportunities in 5-3 loss to Blue Jays

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Rays manager Kevin Cash made a case for urgency before Thursday's game, in both actions and words, making significant changes to the structure of the lineup and sincere comments about time running short.

    Trevor Plouffe of the Rays reacts as he pops out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. [Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]
  2. Spanish PM voices solidarity with Barcelona

    World

    BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his country is mourning in solidarity with the city of Barcelona and other cities in Europe that have been hit by deadly extremist attacks.

    An injured person is treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. [Associated Press]
  3. Confederate statue: Why Bucs, Lightning, Rays took a stand

    Bucs

    They didn't want another Charlottesville.

    Marc Rodriguez, a member of the "Florida Fight for $15" organization, stands in protest along with other activists demanding the Confederate  monument be removed from the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Rep. Larry Ahern gets roughed up by Clearwater City Council

    State Roundup

    It seemed innocuous enough: an "end of session report" from state Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, to the Clearwater City Council.

    Then Ahern got taken to the woodshed.

    Rep. Larry Ahern is vying for a seat on the Pinellas commission.
  5. Hillsborough County erects wooden barrier to protect Confederate monument from vandalism

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Hillsborough County workers began constructing a wooden barrier around the base of the Confederate monument by the old county courthouse Thursday evening.

    A Hillsborough County construction crew erects a wooden barrier around the Confederate monument at the old county courthouse Thursday, out of concern about potential vandalism. [Courtesy of WTSP]