The Howard Beach Kiwanis Builders’ Club at St. Helen School ended a successful year filled with various community projects.
The club, with 24 members from grades one through eight advised by St. Helen teacher Amy Baumgarten, held a bake sale and donated proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The children also made get-well cards for wounded soldiers, assisted the school’s food drive and other projects and were presented with community service certificates from Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
The Builders’ Club was formed three years ago by Kiwanis Queens West Division Lt. Gov. Stephen Sirgiovanni. It is assisted by Gene Greco, rear left, and Dino Bono, second from right, who here joined the club’s members from first through seventh grades — the eighth grade has already graduated — and Kiwanis members Gerry McManus, second from left, Frank Ladone and Baumgarten, to celebrate the end of the school year last week.
In addition to the Builders’ Club, Kiwanis has also been involved with promoting good work by other students at the school.
Twenty students were presented with Kiwanis Bring Up Grades certificates meant to inspire children to work harder to bring up their school grades. Twenty more students were awarded Terrific Kids certificates that encourage students to volunteer for community projects either within the school or outside of school.