Bill McKinney is the newest Weston Kiwanian. Bill will be inducted at...more
Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. 2017 is Kiwanis International's 102nd year and our club's 43rd year. Download Just the facts about Kiwanis International.
The Kiwanis Club of Weston, Connecticut is dedicated to serving children. Through a combination of community service and philanthropy, we support worthy causes in our community and surrounding areas and have donated over $725,000 since 2000 to help the children of the world.
Our 119 members as of March 2017 are 86 men (72%) and 33 women (28%) with a connection to Weston. Kiwanis International has awarded our club bronze level Impact Circle designation in recognition of our membership growth.
Why a Playground?
Play is the primary engine of human growth; it's universal - as much as walking and talking. Play is the way children build ideas, make sense of their experience, and feel safe. But play is disappearing from classrooms. Even though we know play is learning for young kids, it too often doesn't compete well with academic instruction and "rigor." In the case of this school, there are no funding opportunities for a playground. Most of these families live in multifamily apartment complex units or local shelters. It is impossible for these children to access the outdoor play every child needs.
Why Cesar A. Batalla Elementary School?
Cesar A. Batalla School, on Howard Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut is a kindergarten through eighth grade neighborhood school and the largest elementary school in the state. It has a unique international flavor and 100% of the students are from families with such little income that they qualify to receive both breakfast and lunch at school. Named after one of the area's most beloved Latino leaders, Cesar A. Batalla, the school aims to keep his dream alive - creating a school that is more than a building, becoming an integral part of the West End community and an exceptional place to learn. This school additionally houses a special classroom for children with autism and a classroom for children with other special.
Our Challenge - Your Opportunity - Funding
The Kiwanis Club of Weston Foundation, Inc. is raising $125,000 to fund this playground which will serve 550 pre-kindergarten through second-grade children each school day. This playground will be used during school hours and summer camps. This cost includes all floors, playground equipment, security, gates, and a storage area for play vehicles. The names of donors giving $2,500 and more will be listed on a plaque to be placed on the school building. Follow this link to give to make this playground a reality.
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