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Kiwanis club contributes to Junior Leadership

Posted: August 3, 2015 4:46 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Kiwanis President Billy Smith presents Jr. Leadership chair Laurie Parks with check. Shown from left, are Jr. Leadership board members Harriet Reid, Smith, Brandon Oliver, Parks, Bobby Joseph, Frank Bernhardt and Bill Coppas.

The Kiwanis Club of Camden recently donated $2,000 to the Junior Leadership Kershaw County program and supports the long-standing student leadership program through its fundraising activities.

"Our members believe the goals and on-going success of the Junior Leadership program in this community fit nicely with the mission of Kiwanis International, which is to improve the world, one child and one community at a time," club president Billy Smith, Executive Director of Operations, Kershaw County School District said.

"We are so grateful for the support of the Kiwanis Club," Junior Leadership chair Laurie Parks said. "Their contribution this year and in the years to come will help us put together an even better program for the students who participate. It takes a lot of donations and support to operate the program. We are glad to designate Camden Kiwanis as our first ever benefactor and look forward to a long relationship with them."

Smith noted that Junior Leadership includes students from all across Kershaw County and stresses not only leadership and service to the community but also encourages a spirit of cooperativeness among the schools. "One of our club goals is to recognize young people at all age levels and support programs that will help them succeed," he said.

Among the Kiwanis-supported programs are Terrific Kids at the elementary level, Builders Clubs at the middle school level and Key Clubs at the high school level. The Kiwanis Club of Camden sponsors six Terrific Kids programs, one Builders Club, as well as Key Clubs at all three high schools and Camden Military Academy.

Junior Leadership Kershaw County is a partnership of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, the Kershaw County School District and Camden Military Academy. The program began in 1988 and is one of the oldest continuously running high school leadership programs in the state. Since it began approximately 850 students have completed the program.

Smith said the proceeds from the club’s annual Country Breakfast will go to support Junior Leadership. This year’s breakfast is scheduled for 7-9 a.m. Thursday, November 19 at the Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church Family Life Center.

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