New Kiwanis Club Proposed to School Board

There will be an organizational meeting Thursday night for people interested in forming a local Kiwanis club.  The Natchitoches Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the effort and Coushatta native and former President of Kiwanis International, Nettles Brown and others are in town trying to round-up support for the new club.

Brown spoke to the Red River Parish School Board on Monday.  He described Kiwanis as a global organization with a focus on children.  Brown said, “I was a student in this community years ago and there were great parents who gave of themselves.  We’ll try to go back and instill that in all of our kids and in all of our schools.”

Several of the Kiwanis programs for children were mentioned.  The one getting the most attention from school board members is Terrific Kids.  Brown explained, “Terrific Kids will recognize one student in every classroom that has just been a good kid.  They behave, are respectable, the things you would expect a student to do to be a good student.” And Brown added the program in the Natchitoches schools is a great motivator to other children to become a terrific kid as well.  “It is a great self-motivated program, a peer group thing,” added Brown.

Superintendent Alison Strong will be the first member of the Kiwanis club here.  She said, “I want to be member number one!”  Other board members signaled similar support.

The organizational meeting will be Thursday night at 6:00 pm.  It will be held at First United Methodist Church on Front Street in Coushatta.

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