Youth

The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland is dedicated to building our community, one child at a time. Programs include sponsoring five Key Clubs in Cleveland High Schools, recognizing sports captains and their coaches at three annual luncheons, supporting science fair competitions in Cleveland schools, and reading to small children at Public Libraries and Cleveland Elementary schools.

One innovative program matches promising High School Students with specially designed science programs at Cuyahoga Community College.

What could inspire active minds more than a "robotic competition? Club members Jerry Seppelt and Julie Loeb have combined their love of education and science by working with Cleveland Public School Students.  And if you travel to watch your favorite traveling sports team, check out the Cleveland Public Schools Robotic Team.  Recent competitions found the team in Pittsburg and Atlanta.

 

 

Curious George joins the Cleveland Kiwanis at a reading experience held at the Woodland Library.

The Club believes that reading is essential for success in school. Visit other Kiwanians introducing Cleveland students to the joys of reading.

 

BUILDER'S CLUB

This past year, thanks to the inspired leadership of Club Members Bernie Walsh and Jerry Seppelt, Downtown Kiwanis started our first BUILDER'S CLUB. These clubs are designed to engage younger students in the Kiwanis ideals of community leadership and service. Our unique Builder's Club is associated with the Upstage Players of Northeast Cleveland. These energetic youngsters learn service while engaging in their passion for the stage.

Nearly 100 Cleveland and Northeast Suburban children, aged 4 to 14, meet regularly to have fun and to learn about service and leadership. Their main activity is production of an annual musical show that calls on the talents of the youngest to the oldest.

In 2012, the Upstage Players tackled the incredibly difficult "West Side Story". A play rarely attempted by high schools or colleges, and only attempted by the more accomplished community theaters. But challenge only made this a bigger prize for the intrepid troupe of young actors and theater people.

Upon entering the theater located in the Slovenian Hall on Nottingham Road, you are immediately struck by the professional quality of the sets. But then the dancers appear from every part of the hall to render "Here Come the Jets" with dancers well trained as both actors and dancers.

       

Maria and Tony, the new lovers, enchanted us with one of the shows all time favorites, "Tonight". The songs were not lip synched, but were performed live by 14 year old lead singers. [As a side note, your writer later learned that "Tony" was played by the son of a young man who grew up with his children years ago.]

   

The Sharks do their enthusiastic rendition of "I love to be in America".            The death of Tony brings a rare peace to the warring gangs.

After the show, the cast all assume the same costume, a West Side Story tee shirt, and engage the audience in two stirring dance numbers.