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Tinley head start

A BOOK DRIVE to benefit Hailey Head Start and 3 to 5 year old children in our community will take place March 27 through April 7.

Kiwanis of Hailey Idaho, Rotary Club of Hailey, and CSI Head Start/Early Head Start Hailey Campus are volunteering together as a special international service event during the International Week of Service, March 25-31.

Collection Boxes decorated by Head Start students will be available at these places of business throughout the valley including: Atkinsons in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue; Albertson’s; Natural Grocers; Community Library Ketchum; Hailey Public Library; Bellevue Public Library; Senior Connections Hailey; Jane’s Place Hailey; YMCA Ketchum; CSI Campus Head Start Center; Swiftsure Bellevue; Chapter One Books Ketchum.

Head Start is looking for new or gently used books that are hard back and large enough to read aloud to a group of children. Themes around religion and holidays or with scary or intense imagery should be avoided. A book with few words doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful. A picture story allows for valuable dialogue.
Service clubs around the world are encouraged to partner together to make a bigger impact.

This service event allows men and women to learn more about the work of Rotary Club of Hailey, Kiwanis of Hailey and CSI Head Start Hailey and how to get involved in their community.

“In such a well animated world, kids need to see and hold books so that they can develop all of the senses that contribute to a well-rounded ability to communicate,” said Head Start’s Jennifer Peterson. “There are so many vivid stories to be shared, with compelling graphic art, and poignant connections to be made. We are competing with Pixar for kids’ attention. Having an engaging book in the hands of an animated teacher brings them around. It sparks imaginations and expands avenues to learning about the world.”

In addition to addressing needs in the community, the International Week of Service is an opportunity for service organizations around the globe to make connections, exchange ideas and discuss the best ways to make a difference.

“Our organizations have worked on a variety of projects in this community,” said Suzanne Walsh, Rotary Club of Hailey president. “It’s great to work together and get to know each other better. We look forward to continuing to work together on promotion of literacy in our community, starting with the pre-school age group.”

“We hope through partnership with our local service groups that we can reach many more children and inspire a love of reading through fun, interactive story times and add books to provide a literary resource for the children. We believe it is so very important to the academic success of our youngest citizens” said Geegee Lowe, Kiwanis of Hailey and the Wood River Valley.


A big “THANK YOU” to our major donors:
Little Black Dress Club
Wood River Women’s Foundation
Heart of Gold Foundation
Hailey Parks Foundation
City of Hailey
The Papoose Club
John William Jackson Fund

*** WANT to donate to our Parks projects? ***

Send your donation to Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley, PO Box 901, Hailey ID 83333 or simply stop by Mountain West Bank in Hailey and make a donation directly to our account.

To speak with a member of our club, please contact us here. Thank you for your willingness to partner with us in supporting healthy, outdoor recreation among kids in our area!


Another way to donate . . .20150927_113922-1

Bob Wiederrick of Wiederrick’s Custom Metalworks
orchestrates an amazing recycling effort to benefit Kiwanis of Hailey and the HaileyParks. Bob recycles Aluminum Cans. Your can donation will help support new playground equipment in Hailey thru Kiwanis Club. Drop donations off at Bobs Shop located at 4051 Glenbrook Drive in Woodside Industrial Park or call Bob at 788-0018 to arrange pick-up. Over $7,000 donated so far.

CHEERS to Bob Wiederrick of Wiederricks’ Custom Metalworks and Kiwanis of Hailey Idaho. Bob accepted $3,000 from the John William Jackson Fund for soccer goals for the Blaine County Rec District. The Fund was established in memory of Bill and Jackie’s son John in the Fall of 2000 by friends and family.  Thank you to Bill and Jackie.