The Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island takes its mission of “Serving Children” seriously. In January, the club committed $1,500 annually to become the sole sponsor of Kitsap Regional Library’s Third Graders to the Library program on Bainbridge Island.
Now, every third-grade student in the Bainbridge Island School District will have the opportunity to visit their local public library at least once during their primary school years.
“Third Graders to the Library is a signature program for our Library system,” said Rebecca Judd, manager of the Bainbridge branch. “Students receive a special tour of the library, spend time learning about the collection, and, most importantly, get to know our staff. We are thrilled that the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island has chosen to be our funding partner for this initiative.”
Phil Fergusson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island, noted that the club’s commitment to youth fits nicely with the library’s third-graders program.
“The club has several youth projects, including a reading program for pre-school children and sponsoring Key and Builder’s Clubs at the high school and middle school,” Fergusson said. “With this program, we are able to support our local children at three key points in their childhood.”
Approximately 250 third-grade students will visit the public library as part of Third Graders to the Library.
More information about the Kiwanis Club can be obtained by visiting its website at www.bikiwanis.org.