South Pasadena Kiwanis Club Elementary School Scholarship Chair Jeff Graham made an appearance at Marengo Elementary on Friday, June 6, 2014, to award a new bike, helmet and lock to a student selected by the faculty who demonstrates character qualities like leadership, kindness and good community citizen. After asking the audience to demonstrate by a show of hands, who’d been to a July 4th Pancake Breakfast, seeing many hands go up all around the assemblage of people, Graham acknowledged them, and said, “Thank you, you all helped pay for this bike. So this year, let’s all go and bring your family and neighbors to the Pancake Breakfast and let’s get 2 bikes next year! “
Graham told the parents, faculty and staff and students that had gathered on the playground that the faculty that selected the student to whom the bike would be awarded him as an exemplary student academically and behaviorally who is a role model for other kids, reading buddy to primary kids, who always works hard and possesses great problem solving skills on the playground. “ As Graham’s 13 year old son, William, whose classes ended Thursday and was assisting his father in delivering the award, wheeled the bicycle forward, Graham concluded, “Will 4th grader Muan Meurer, come up please.” William gave a smiling Muan a thumbs up as he handed over the new bike, helmet and lock donated by the South Pasadena Kiwanis.
The South Pasadena Kiwanis Clubs annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at South Pasadena’s Fire Station at 817 Mound Ave. “The funds Kiwanis raises from the community’s ticket purchases for the Pancake Breakfast and our other fundraisers are put right back into the South Pasadena community to fund this and other projects that serve our community and local youth, “ said Graham, “like sponsoring youth clubs at the middle and high schools to foster leadership skills and instill the value of community service, or organizing a recent new event , the “Shred It” day following tax season. For that event, Kiwanis partnered with Ability First, an organization that provides job training and opportunities to disabled persons that allowed our citizens to drop off boxes of their documents bearing sensitive information to be securely shredded. We give a bike to a student at each of the elementary schools, 2 iPad minis at the middle school and 3 scholarships at the high school. And that’s just a taste of what Kiwanis does here in town.”
Purchase your tickets to the Kiwanis 4th of July Pancake Breakfast early to avoid the ticket line the day of the event. Pre-event tickets can be bought at South Pasadena’s Senior Center, Chamber of Commerce, or Fire Department, and these local businesses: Reimagine Your Home, Mission Framing, Busters, Bristol Farms, Dinosaur Farm and The UPS Store or from any Kiwanian. Cost is $ 7 per person and free to uniformed service or law enforcement members and children 6 and under.