Terrific Kids Reading Program
During the past several years, The Kiwanis Club of McKinney has worked with three McKinney Independent School District elementary schools through the club’s Terrific Kids Program. The students of Caldwell, Finch and Webb Elementary have embraced the programs and are enthusiastic about reading. The students' reading skills at each school have improved as a result of the focus on reading. Each school program is different and was developed through the direction of the principal and faculty of each school.
The McKinney Kiwanis Foundation provided all financial funding required for these programs. Local merchants who helped by providing incentives, snacks and rewards during the year were: Dairy Queen, CiCi’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Hutchens BBQ, Brookshire’s Grocery, Main Street Magic and Barnes & Nobel.
Finch’s Terrific Kid’s program was formed about 10 years ago. In the beginning, the program was designed to address the tardiness and attendance problems that the school was experiencing. The program was changed during the 2012 school year to help promote and improve individual reading skills.
Becki Hoffman, Finch Principal, and her faculty created a program called “Reading Palooza”. The program rewards students for reading out of class and off-campus. Students who achieved their individual reading goals were invited to participate in Palooza Parties.
Parties are held every nine-weeks with a different theme. The theme for each party was designed for the students to have fun; past parties included a Pickle Palooza, a Popcorn Palooza, a Popsicle Palooza, a Park Palooza, and a Critter Palooza. At each of each Paloozas, The McKinney Kiwanis Club provided incentive items for the students to encourage reading achievement. The students received such things as Color Changing Pencils, Book Markers, Water Bottles, Bracelets and other promotional items.
The Finch Terrific kids got a special treat with a Critter Palooza from the folks at the Dallas Zoo.
Magic Mike entertains the Finch Terrific Kids
at one of their Celebrations.
The Kiwanis Club supported Webb’s reading initative by reading to different classes each week throughout the year. The children gave us a unique challenge. They joined the efforts of Kiwanis International and Unicef for the Eliminate Project. The project seeks to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that had been killing nearly 60,000 babies and mothers each year.
The kids challenged themselves to read 5000 pages per child by the end of this school year. At the same time, they challenged us to raise enough funds from our members and the community to provide neonatal tetanus immunizations to protect the lives of at least 5000 children around the world.
Kiwanis Members present a check for the Eliminate Project on behalf of the Webb Terrific Kids.
Caldwell’s Terrific Kids Program rewards individual students as well as class achievements. Students worked with their teacher to develop their individual reading goals. At the end of each nine-week period, the class at each grade level with the best reading achievement was given an in-class celebration hosted by the Kiwanis Club.
Dr. Kahn a Heart Rhythm Specialist with Arrhythmia Management presents an inspirational program for the Terrific Kids at Caldwell Elementary.
Magic Mike from Main Street Magic wows the Caldwell Terrific kids at an end of period celebration.