Kiwanis book donation lights up students' faces
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Friday, May 19, 2017
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Kiwanis book donation lights up students' faces    

  • By Tommy Howard


Principal Sabrina Goff-Mack welcomed four Kiwanis members to her school. John Chiesa, president of the Kiwanis Club, Tim Clarke, Gene Gilfillin and Mike Diem went to each of three classrooms to give each student a bag with 13 to 15 books in it.

Teachers Modestine Pendergrass, Danielle Hicks and Melinda Cannon and their students happily received the bags. It didn’t take long for the students to take out their new books, look at them and show one another what they had found in their individual bags.

The local Kiwanis club received a $1,000 grant from the Carolinas District Foundation to fund a summer reading program for the school off U.S. Highway 17A and Saints Delight Road in the Sampit community of Georgetown County.

Teachers at the school selected the books. In all, about 65 students received 800 books.

Each student will keep his or her books. They are encouraged to read them over the summer.

Another part of the club’s literacy project is buying $1,000 worth of history books suitable for kids and donating them to the Waccamaw Library.

Each week, guest speakers at the Kiwanis Club are asked to sign a book to be donated to Miss Ruby’s Kids.

The group’s program year starts anew in October. Publicity chairman Mike Diem said “We hope to double our efforts” in the coming year.

Chiesa told the students in each classroom that the books are theirs to keep. The club wants the boys and girls to enjoy their books, and remember as they get older to do as the Kiwanis members did and do things to help other people.

The Kiwanis’ motto is “we are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time,” Chiesa said.

The Pawleys Island Kiwanis meet Thursday mornings at 7:45 at Eggs Up Grill in Litchfield. This is a breakfast meeting which includes business and a guest speaker.

For more information on the club, visit their website

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