The Kiwanis Club of McKinney has added a big mission – supporting local kids, as well as the global support of children through the international Eliminate Project to their list of service projects. To accomplish both, McKinney’s Kiwanis Club has launched The Eliminate Project Fun Reading Fundraising Campaign at Webb Elementary.
The project encourages Webb students, teachers to read. Each student who completes reading 5000 words will receive a T-shirt and local Kiwanians will donate $1.80 to the Eliminate Project.
Through the project Kiwanis, in partnership with UNICEF, is determined to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, by 2015. Vaccinations that would eradicate the disease are available, however, many of the world’s poorest women are unable to afford the $1.80 that the vaccine costs. The goal is to save 5,000 lives.
Members of the Room to Read organization were also on hand on Friday, Jan. 10, to donate a check for $2,500 to Webb for the 109,953 pages read last year. Webb students and faculty decided to donate the money to build a library for a school in Africa, rather than keep it.
“We are encouraging them (students and teachers) to read, read and read some more,” said Jim Smith, chair of the project. “The other part of this is to teach them that there are people around the world who are more needy than they are and to reach out and help others by saving lives through eliminating tetanus.”
Smith said Kiwanis Club members also challenge each of the MISD schools and all McKinney citizens and businesses to join in support of the Webb Elementary students in this effort.