Turn Your Junk and Jewels into Knowledge for Kids

Kenmore Kiwanis raises funds for books

by Josy Jones

Reading is fundamental. The ability to read is a necessary foundation on which a person can build a more successful life. By providing children with books, Kenmore Kiwanis is doing its part to support literacy in Kenmore.

Kiwanis International is a service organization with a mission to empower “communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children.” The leaders of the Kenmore chapter have been able to do great things for the youth of Kenmore, including using funds raised through Christmas caroling to provide Christmas dinner for families in need. Now, Kenmore Kiwanis has its eyes on bringing free books back to grade school students.

Initially, Kenmore Kiwanis was able to use government funds to bring the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program to Kenmore schools. Unfortunately, government-allocated money doesn’t last forever, but that did not dissuade the leaders of Kenmore. They acknowledged the importance of the program and got to work to explore their options to help continue the needed service. They decided that with everything going on in Kenmore — combining of schools, economic conditions in parts of the neighborhood and families that may not have the resources to buy all of the books their children deserve — they wanted to continue to provide books for kids.

Matthew Zeiner of the Kenmore Kiwanis Board of Directors and his team began thinking about fundraising options. They’d had a Trash and Treasure Sale two years prior that worked for them and they decided to do another the fall of 2017. They discussed how these general fundraisers were lucrative and had very little loss.

During their Fall Trash and Treasure Sale, they’d almost raised enough money for a book disbursement program. Since it was so effective, they decided to recreate the fundraiser twice a year in the spring and fall.

How does it work? It’s simple. Anyone interested in selling goods, whether you have a craft business or you just have a lot of junk in your house that you want to get rid of, can buy a spot for $20, show up on the day of, make some money and support book funding for grade school students.

Kenmore’s leadership is spearheading the resurgence of their community. Kenmore is taking the fate of its future into its own hands, reshaping its narrative, creating space for youth to thrive, revitalizing its music culture and showing that it has pride and faith in its residents. Kenmore Kiwanis is just one example of Kenmore’s undying determination and initiative.

If you’re interested in donating books, joining Kenmore Kiwanis or having a table at the Trash and Treasure Sale, email Brent at brentw777@gmail.com. You must register your space by May 10.

Support Kenmore Kiwanis in raising money for books by attending the Trash and Treasure sale:

Saturday, May 26, 2018.


Free & open to the public

1154 Kenmore Blvd, Akron

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(All photos courtesy of Kenmore Kiwanis)