K-Kids of Oak Ridge Intermediate is a service-learning club where students come together to help their school, community, and the world by serving others.

K-Kids of Oak Ridge Intermediate is a service-learning club where students come together to help their school, community, and the world by serving others. Oak Ridge Intermediate K-Kids have been busy this school year. They held a food drive, rang bells for the Salvation Army, sold candy grams to students and staff, and helped the Kiwanis Club of Camdenton with their annual pancake flip.

From the sale of the candy grams in February, K-Kids were able to award the monies raised to two charities during the Oak Ridge Intermediate Leadership Rally on April 6. They presented checks to Ashlee Smith, with the Ronald McDonald house, and Connie Hendricks, representing Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. They were excited to accept the donations and to be a part of the assembly. Each recipient shared with the students and staff what their organizations were all about.

Oak Ridge K-Kids Club has 21 members this year and they are already thinking about next year. Tammy Stone, K-Kids sponsor and sixth grade teacher said, “I love it when the students realize that serving is fun. They are learning that serving does make the world a better place, which is part of our K-Kids pledge.”

While serving at the annual pancake flip, Stone heard students talking. One student said, “This is really fun. We need to do stuff like this more often.” K-Kids member Joy Camarene enthused, “K-Kids is a wonderful group because it is filled with amazing students who love to help their community.” Co-sponsor and sixth grade teacher, Lynette Franklin said, “It’s a joy to see the students’ excitement when they serve; their faces light up which fills my heart.”