Projects and Activities
Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide. Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.
Below are some of the projects and activities in which we are currently involved:
THOMAS ALVA EDISON KIWANIS REGIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR The Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Regional Science and Engineering Fair has been a tradition at Fort Myers Kiwanis for almost 60 years. The club volunteers their time and energies, providing judges and volunteers at the annual event and mans a stand selling items and raffle tickets as a fund raiser. We donate over $15,000 to help pay the travel expenses for winners who go on to compete at state and international levels.
ELIMINATE With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives ofnearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.
WORLD ATLAS PROJECT Fort Myers Kiwanis Club launched World Atlas Project in Lee County to help young children in elementary schools improve their understanding and knowledge of world geography and cultures. After two years of planning and co-ordination, Edgewood Elementary Academy in east Fort Myers was selected in 2008 as the first school to receive atlases. Former Superintendant Jim Browder inaugurated the Lee County World Atlas project. The project provides each 4th grade student an atlas to keep as reference book. Children are presented a World Atlas at a special ceremony organized by the principal of the school. Kiwanis Club members attend, distribute and participate in an interactive manner with children. With the help of other sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, we have now spread the program to six Lee County schools and are working on more.
READING ROCKS Fort Myers Kiwanis Club members read a book to kindergarten kids at Edgewood Elementary Academy monthly during the school year and every child gets a copy of the book that was read with their name printed inside.