Giving back

Giving back to the children

 Kiwanis Club of Jacksonville gives back  to children in our community in many different ways.  This page will  allow you to keep up to date with how the Kiwanis Club of Downtown  Jacksonville is giving back to our community. 

BUGs (Bringing Up Grades)

We work with Fort Caroline Elementary as sponsor and presentor of the BUGs program.  The children individually set the bar during the first nine weeks of the school year.  For the second through fourth nine weeks the children have the opportunity to bring their grades up.  If the child brings up one or more grade during a nine week grading period they are invited to the BUGs celebration where they receive an personalized awards certificate, as well as BUGs pins and other recognition items.  They are served pizza and juice. The parents are encouraged to attend also.   For those who set the bar high with their grade average and stand out through their personal assistance to other classmates, the teachers have the option to award 1 Super BUGs each of the nine weeks.  At the final ceremony in late May, all students who have been awarded BUGs return for a special ceremony where over 40 brand new bicycles are awarded to the BUGs recipients.

Aktion Club

Our Aktion Club is hosted at Pine  Castle.  Pine Castle's mission is to enrich the lives of people with  developmental and acquired disabilities by providing opportunities to  learn, work, and live in our community.  Kiwanis works with Pine Castle to provide an activity each month.  The activity can range from videos  to a craft to an activity in the gym.  Kiwanis Club of Downtown Jacksonville also hosts a Christmas party each year which always brings  lots of smiles! 

Key Club

Key Club is an international student-led  organization that provides its members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership. The Downtown Kiwanis Club currently sponsors a Key Club at Oakleaf HS in Orange Park.