Read Around The World
12th Annual Read Around the World starts with lines to the door!
To improve the quality of life for the children and families of Strongsville.
The Kiwanis Club of Strongsville is a group of energetic local residents and neighbors dedicated to improving the lives of the children of our community. Our members attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise money for important causes, and participate in service projects designed to improve and impact our city.
We also support our sponsored Key Club and Builder’s Clubs, while participating in service projects with Division 24, Ohio District, and Kiwanis International.
Wednesday, OCT 10th
TGIFriday's Strongsville Party Room
18400 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH
The line of children and their parents stretched back to the library entrance five minutes before the doors opened, with dozens of children anxiously waiting to look over the new books at the 12th Annual Read Around the World sponsored by the Strongsville Kiwanis club.
As in prior years, the crowd was entertained by the St. Joseph and John Builders Club (a sponsored youth club of the Strongsville Kiwanis) and heard an animated and engaging book reading by Erin Law of the Strongsville Library. Afterwards, children could grab a snack and even have their face painted. Over 150 children attended this years event.
The main attraction was the chance to look through age appropriate books; the Strongsville Kiwanis Club provides hundreds of books for the attendees to pick from, and each child was able to pick their favorite and take it home for free.
"We want to get a free book into every child's hand", said club President Al Gizzi. "Studies show that the sooner we get kids hooked on books, those children coming out of high school and college have better credentials. There is no replacement for the reading of books by children."
Mr. Gizzi also took a minute to thank all the members and youth that were critical to putting on the event. "Our Builders Clubs at St. Joseph and Strongsville Middle School, as well as our dedicated club members, are instrumental in making this event a success".
Parents and children also had a chance to talk with representatives from SouthWest General to learn about their BootCamp for New Dads program, as well as their long running Safe Sitter Program.
The Kiwanis Club of Strongsville is dedicated to helping the children of the Strongsville community, hosting a number of events throughout the year, and is well known for the Patriotic Flag display for special holidays on the Strongsville square.
2018 American Flag Project
KIWANIS CLUB OF STRONGSVILLE MAKES DONATION FOR NEW AMERICAN FLAG AT HIGH SCHOOL
Visitors to Pat Catan Stadium at Strongsville High School will see a new American flag high atop a new 70 foot flagpole as part of the renovations to the stadium. The flag will measure 15 feet by 25 feet.
School officials knew they wanted to install a large flag at the stadium, so they turned to the Strongsville Kiwanis Club for help.
The Strongsville Kiwanis Club, known for the large American flag display that graces the City Commons with 100 American flags during patriotic holidays, immediately agreed to help.
"Many residents and visitors to Strongsville enjoy the flag display on The Commons, so it seemed a natural fit to help provide an American flagpole and flag that everyone will see at the stadium," said Strongsville Kiwanis President Al Gizzi. "In addition", continued Gizzi, "we have a large presence at the High School through our sponsored youth program, the High School Key Club, and our members saw an opportunity to help."
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Strongsville Kiwanis President Al Gizzi had the pleasure of handing out 7 scholarships to some very deserving high school seniors. From left to right Julia Estephan, Sophia Banez, Caitlin Jurcago, Alexandria Rodriquez, Al Gizzi, Mahati Venkatesh, George Kinney, Madelin Myers.
"The Kiwanis Club received applications from a number of highly qualified students", said Mr. Gizzi. "It's great to see so many wonderful students, who not only excel at academics, but also are focused on community service."
The Kiwanis Club uses the proceeds from the Flag Project to fund the annual scholarships.
Congratulations to the 2018 Strongsville Kiwanis Scholarship Winners!