As of Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
This sentiment has been used before to describe what Kids Klub, Inc., has done for Grangeville, but it’s time to revisit that thought.
Since 1996, Kids Klub has not only provided after school care and enrichment opportunities to help improve the lives of Grangeville’s youth, it has also brought together community members.
Kids Klub is overseen by a volunteer board of community-minded people. Throughout the years on a continual basis, volunteers walk through the KK doors for a variety of reasons: to bake with children (Mrs. Kathleen Vopat); to show their hobbies (Mr. Joe Bonn); to explain how the eye works (Mrs. Jill Lane); to explain fire safety (GVFD); to teach music (Mrs. Wendy Lindsley). The list goes on and is long and varied.
Why has the community been such a big supporter of the Kids Klub? Because it has consistently proved to be a well-oiled machine that does what it says it’s going to, all the while teaching our kids not only how to complete what they start and be successful in academics, but also to give back to the community in which they live.
In the book Miss Rhumpius, Alice has a goal of leaving the world a more beautiful place. Miss Rhumpius scatters lupine flower seeds all about her town and along the shoreline and everywhere she goes. For years, the lupines bloomed and gave others joy.
Kids Klub is planting seeds, much as Miss Rhumpius did. A good number of those seeds, many now plants with blooms, will be seen in this year’s graduating class at Grangeville High School. Kids who attended the after-school program, sang in the choir, went on a field trip or participated in a summer robotics or dance or arts program will go out into the world and give back to their communities, in part because of what they learned at Kids Klub. Many of those students are already doing just that.
Whatever you do, plan to leave the world a better place than when you entered it. Be like Kids Klub. Make a difference.
(Disclaimer: Lorie Palmer served on the Kids Klub board of directors for 13 years. Both her daughters are “graduates” of the program.)