On Monday, December 14, 2015, Kathleen Reynolds and Joe Swaja, from the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, handed over a $1500 check to Dr. Laurie Mearsheimer, Principal of Shadowlawn Elementary, while County Commissioner Donna Fiala looked on. The funding is directed at upgrades to the school’s Media Center, and is given on behalf of fellow Kiwanian Donna Fiala, in light of her continuing and persuasive advocacy for children served in District 1.
The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island supports numerous children’s initiatives, including the Kiwanis International’s drive to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetnus. Local Kiwanian projects, among others, include scholarships, the Terrific Kids program that recognizes outstanding students in grades 3 through 5, the Reading is Fundamental Program that provides all youngsters in two elementary schools with books of their choice, the Key Club Program for high school students, and financial support for early learning providers.
The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island’s funding for its child-focused projects comes from sponsored events, including its annual Car Show, scheduled this season for February 14 and the Sea Food Festival held in collaboration with local Rotaries, scheduled for March 18, 19, and 20.