Builders Club – Cedar Heights Middle School

Formed in 1999 and actively sponsored by our club, this group of 15 to 20 Cedar Heights Middle School students provides over 200 hours of community service annually. In recent years Builders have helped with our Kindergarten Reading Program, Bike Helmets, Senior Conference at the Pavilion and Cedar Heights Clean Up Day.

Cedar Heights Middle School Builders Club held a Food Drive to support the Kitsap Humane Society.  They also collected biscuits, chews, bleach, paper towels, batteries, sandwich and gallon-size Ziplog bags, distilled water, cat litter, dog and cat toys, and many other items. (Jan 27-Feb 6, 2023)


Kindergarten Reading Program – Mike Cassidy, Chair

Our kindergarten reading program began at Sunnyslope Elementary School in 1993 and now operates in 9 of the 10 elementary schools in the South Kitsap School District. Between October 2023 and May 2024, Kiwanis members read to 29 classes for a total of 583 students. High quality, age-appropriate books were gifted to the Kindergarten students!


Scholarship Program – Darrel Allen, Chair

For well over 30 years the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard has offered scholarships to high school seniors pursuing post high school education. In 2024, we awarded 15 graduating high school seniors a total of $31,000 in scholarships. Students are from South Kitsap High School, Discovery High School and Explorer Academy.


Student of the Month – Martin Beisley, Chair

Each month during the school year, the club honors middle and high school students selected by their teachers as students of the month. These high achievers are invited to a Kiwanis lunch with their families, recognized and given cash awards; $25 for middle school students and $50 for high school students.


TERRIFIC Kids – Cal Kendall, Chair

This program has operated since 2002. All ten elementary schools in the District have participated. During the school year, over 500 students are recognized in special school assemblies for their exemplary school citizenship. The bumper stickers you see around town that read “I’m the Proud Parent of a TERRIFIC Kid” are one part of the awards package Kiwanis presents to each TERRIFIC Kid.

“TERRIFIC” represents the following achievements and is an acronym for:

                                                                        T = Thoughtful
                                                                        E = Enthusiastic
                                                                        R = Respectful
                                                                        R = Responsible
                                                                        I  = Inclusive
                                                                        F = Friendly
                                                                        I = Inquisitive
                                                                        C = Capable

Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or schoolwork.