SANTEE KIWANIS SERVICE:
Santee Kiwanis is proud to organize and support a number of community activities and programs. Below is an overview of some of our primary and regular events.
Key Club is a student-led, high school organization. Our members make the world a better place through service. In doing so, we grow as individuals and as leaders by answering the call to lead, summoning the courage to engage and developing the heart to serve.
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Generally held the first Saturday in June, this event involves students from the 4th through 8th grades of the nine Santee elementary schools. Students participate in various track and field events. All participants receive a “participation ribbon” and, for each preliminary race, each 1st through 3rd place students receive a red, blue or white ribbon. For the final race in each event, the 1st through 3rd place winners receive a large rosette ribbon. The elementary school with the largest cumulative score from the event is awarded the perpetual trophy with the year and school name engraved on the trophy. The award of the perpetual trophy is presented in the school’s yearend assembly.
Each year the Club solicits applications from graduating seniors from both Santee High Schools. While grade point average is a consideration, community service is the major consideration in awarding scholarships.
Annually, the Club holds an award dinner to recognize deserving sworn officers and senior volunteers from the Santee Sheriff’s station and the El Cajon Highway Patrol station.
Generally held the first Saturday in December, children from 1st through 6th grade participate at Santee Lakes. Trophies and fishing related prizes are awarded for various categories.
Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives.
Key Club teaches the importance of having the right values, doing the right thing and being the right kind of person through speading kindness and compassion, decision making, education, self awareness, pursuit of excellence, persistence and adding value to others over self..
Annually this award is given to a graduating 8th grade student, from each Santee Elementary School, to recognize students who demonstrate leadership, moral character, scholarly aptitude and community service. The students should be potential leaders who have sustained our democratic way of life and exhibited outstanding citizenship traits.
Leadership is the powerful force that occurs once a person discovers their heart to serve, answers their call to lead, and summons their courage to engage.
Our Club, alone or in conjunction with other community service organizations, helps local seniors with various home related projects for which the home owner needs assistance.
Our Club, along with other Key Clubs and other Kiwanis Clubs in the area, support Rady Children’s Hospital.
Each year Mission Trails Regional Park holds a "Explore Mission Trails Days" celebration. The popular event featured free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children. Santee Kiwanis has hosted a food and drink booth on the east side of the park. Local high school Key Clubs participated to provide community service and raise funds for the Club.
In conjunction with Santee city management and local Santee High School Key Clubs, designated road segments are cleared of roadside trash.
The Club, with support from Key Club members, assists in helping patients who are capable and want to have breakfast at the hospital’s cafeteria instead of their room. These events occur several times a year.
In conjunction with the Santee Ecumenical Council and Santee Lakes, the Club annually hosts the Sunrise Service.