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Kiwanis honors Kenwood students

By Beverly Singer

The Kiwanis Hope For America Awards were presented to four Kenwood Elementary School fifthand sixth-grade students during an end-of-school ceremony on May 31. A big audience of students, teachers, parents, and Kiwanians attended the very touching program.

It was wonderful to see and hear the successes of students at a time when there is sadness for families at some schools around our country. Kiwanis members were happy to present the Hope of America awards to deserving students Eva Komar and Cameron Menefee, fifth graders in teacher John Magnoli’s class, and David Bovitz and Nila Malava, in teacher Celia Sedgwick’s sixthgrade class.

The main goal of Kiwanis members is to work with children and, as written in the Kiwanis magazine, “to make lasting differences in the lives of children.” To this end, this club supports programs at Luther Burbank School and Montgomery and Maria Carrillo High Schools in Santa Rosa, and many other youth groups in Sonoma County. Other Kiwanis Clubs in the area support the other schools and groups for children.

Even though we meet in Oakmont, many members live elsewhere in Sonoma County, including Kenwood, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and Windsor. We welcome and need new members who are interested in helping children. Contact President Fran Lazzarini at [email protected] or by calling (707) 521-9024. The Oakmont Kiwanis Club also supports our community by conducting twice-a-year Shred-AThons and the Veteran’s Day program. The club donates to the Visual Aids Braille Group, the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, and the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Rosa, to name some groups.