Strongsville Kiwanis started our Memory Bag Program in 2002 as another way to serve the children of our community. Memory Bag is funded by Strongsville Kiwanis and overseen by members of the Strongsville School System.
Working with teachers and counselors, we are informed when a child experiences the death of someone close to them. A Memory Bag is prepared that includes a book, a journal, writing materials, and other age appropriate items (such as a Teddy Bear) along with a sympathy card. The Memory Bag is given to the child by their counselor or teacher.
To date, we have provided over 750 Memory Bags to students from Pre-School through 12th Grade.
Over 150 children were in attendance with their families. Children were able to choose a free age-appropriate book to take home with them. Members of the Strongsville High School Key Club were on hand to help the children pick out books, and many took the opportunity to read to the children. The Saint Joseph & John Builder’s Club put on puppet shows to entertain the families. The Kiwanis Club provided the books, door prizes, cookies, drinks, and snacks.
Thanks to our club members and the members of our sponsored youth programs for making this a great day! A special thank you to everybody who attended Read-Around-The-World.
To learn more about our projects please contact us or come to our next meeting.
We are always glad to have guests or prospective members come to our meetings
Donated $10,000 to the Strongsville School District for the new 70 foot flagpole at the west end of Pat Catan Stadium.
Annually award five (5) $1,500 scholarships to graduating Strongsville High School seniors
Decorate Strongsville Town Commons 5 times a year (for Patriotic Holidays) with 100 American Flags. The flags fly for 5 - 6 weeks per year.
Conduct Read Around the World annually at the Strongsville Library
Pledged $5,000 to Kiwanis International Eliminate Project
Donated $3,000 to the Strongsville Library for Children's Play Area
Contributed $3,000 towards Safety Town
Donated $2,500 to set up "Grief Library" in the Strongsville Public Schools
Sponsor of 2 Builder’s Club and 1 Key Club in Strongsville Schools
Sponsored Senior Table Games Day Tournaments at Strongsville Senior Center
Participated in 24th Kiwanis Division maintenance project at Camp Cheerful
Donated $5,000 to Kiwanis International as part of IDD fundraiser