by Les Washington
No, I am not talking about the Governor’s visit nor am I talking about the newest Robert De Niro movie. I am not even talking about the Anaheim Ducks game in the Honda Center on Sunday. What I am talking about is the annual Division 4’s Special Needs Kids annual outing at Fountain Valley Bowl.
Yes! You should’ve been there!
There were at least 175 kids of all the full range of elementary school ages and all were anxious to line up at one of the many lanes available at Fountain Valley Bowl. There they were, all 175 of them facing varying degrees of limitations in physical mobility and other cognitive functions, but yet each and...
Santa surprised the children in class at Carl Harvey Elementary with his Elves handing out Candy Canes.
Santa #2 was thrilling the kids at John Adams Elementary with "super elf" Lew Bratcher making sure all the children were gretted by Santa. We will be getting a report from Lew with photos from John Adams Elementary where over 45 children with special needs were given their Christmas...
were given $100 each to shop for their families for Christmas. The Santa Ana
Kiwanis Club partnered with the local Target store at 3300 S Bristol, Santa Ana.
The children were selected by their school teachers from Carl Harvey and John
Adams Elementary based on the financial needs of their families. The great
shopping spree started about 9:10 AM and the last child checked through the
register about 10:00 AM! These kids were “Super Shoppers”
Santa Ana Unified School District sent a reporter/video photographer who
did several interviews with the kids, kiwanians, guests, Teachers and Target
Santa Ana Kiwanis President...
While at Segerstrom HS word got out that a child had “no clothes” other than the tattered shirt and pants...
Kiwanian John Karpierz, Chair Young Children Priority One/Handicapped Youth Committee presented a check in the amount of $1,200.00 for the purchase of the Fairview Learning Program to Taft Elementary Principal, Steven Longacre and Special Needs Teacher Nancy Davis. This program will be used to help the 120 deaf and Hearing Impaired kids attending Taft Elementary in Santa Ana.
The Fairview Learning Program is being used in the Santa Ana Middle and High Schools but not in the Elementary Schools. The kids at Taft Elementary will now have a leg up so when they arrive at Middle School, their reading skills will be improved.
The Fairview Learning Program is dedicated to helping...
Every Year the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana (a non profit Community Service Organization) honors Santa Ana Police Department personnel with the “Officer of the Year” presentation.
2009 recipient is Officer Weston Hadley, a 15 year veteran of the SAPD currently assigned to the Traffic Division.
Officer Hadley keeps busy as the SAPD Grant Coordinator and through his recent efforts, secured a $289,000 grant to combat the serious problems, otherwise not funded, of Drunk Driving. He has been responsible for $1,000,000 in grants awarded to the SAPD. Officer Hadley will soon receive the MADD Century award for arresting over 100 Drunk Drivers during 2009. Officer...
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana, a community Service club donated $500 to The Wheeler’s Club at their meeting February 17, 2010. The Wheeler’s Club provides needed school supplies to Special Needs Kids at several Schools in Santa Ana. These supplies go to the most needy as requested by the school teachers in the Santa Ana School District. Without the assistance of the Wheeler’s Club, many low income families could not afford basic school supplies.
John Karpierz, Chair of the Young Children Priority One/Handicapped Youth Committee introduced Kiwanis Members George Upton and Terry Stetler (both active in Wheeler’s Club) and presented the $500 check. For more information...
The Santa Ana Unified School District, with participation by the Southern California College of Optometry and the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana, examined over 600 pre-schoolers. One of every four children had vision issues.
A team made up of Dr. Janet Armstrong, O.D., school nurses Collette Bywater and Juanita Stefun, and volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana conducted the vision screening. Kiwanis volunteers were coordinated by Clint Hopson, Foundation Vice-President; Les Washington, Community Services Chair; and member Gordon Niedringhaus.
Joey was a handful for his teachers. He wiggled, cried and could be very disruptive. He wasn’t making much progress in...
This week’s pick-up of leftover bakery products at the Irvine Costco for use by the Western Service Workers Association (WSWA) Food Program was gigantic! Four carts of various bakery products filled the Honda Odyssey of Kiwanian Bob Stopher to overflowing. This generous donation by Costco will HELP feed needy families in Santa Ana that are served by the WSWA Food Program.
Lisa Schwartz, Director of WSWA stated that this bakery donation will enable them to have significant impact filling the stomachs of the many members we serve every day through our food program. “It is a blessing”.
The Santa Ana Kiwanis members who pick up and deliver the bakery goods to WSWA were astounded...