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Meeting Highlights - May 31, 2018

Today was a special meeting day for us as we honored local middle school students and welcomed back a long-time friend. The middle school students attend Lewis Middle school and have  been selected to receive the Good Citizenship Award. Brian Callahan, the Lewis principal, introduced us to 6th grader Benjamin Granados and 8th grader Temitra Robinson and their families. Mr. Callahan explained that these two students exemplify the three objectives of Lewis: To work hard, To be nice and To be safe. To honor their academic achievements, and commitment to their school community, Doug Grosmark presented each student a framed award and a gift certificate to Hooley's Public House. We hope these fine students are proud of their accomplishments and continue to aim high!

Our Kiwanian of the Day, John Crawford, was delighted to welcome our friend, and today’s guest speaker,  Christina Meeker. We first met Christina when she was a member of the Patrick Henry High School Key Club! She was president of that club for two years, and we always enjoyed the times we shared at meetings and community service events. Christina now works for Words Alive here in San Diego. She is the Volunteer Program Manager of this organization

Words Alive was established in 1999. It was founded on the belief that if you value reading and understand its fundamental connection to all aspects of your life, then you will be better equipped to thrive as a lifelong learner and productive member of your community. They maintain that “We read to learn, to experience our world, and to advocate for ourselves—quite simply, to live full lives. “

Today, Words Alive proudly serves 5,500 students and families monthly through the support of over 500 community members who donate thousands of volunteer hours.  Volunteers in their Read Aloud Program read weekly in 181 classrooms. Their Adolescent Book Group currently engages 450 at-risk teens across 22 classrooms and has expanded to not only include book-club style discussions, but also writing sessions and developmental workshops that build language, reading fluency, and critical thinking skills.

This outstanding organization has expanded its outreach by developing a Family Literacy Program and the Westreich Scholarship Program. The Family Literacy Program focuses on empowering parents with the confidence, techniques, and materials that leads to deepened reading engagement with their children. The Westreich Scholarship program awards approximately 10-15 students from their Teen Services program with scholarship money in support of their pursuit of higher education. Some former participants have now gone on to volunteer their services as mentors and role models, as a way to help others reach their goals.

Christina gave an informative and uplifting presentation. It is obvious she has found a way to put her considerable talents and desire to serve her community to good use. We are proud to say she is a product of Allied Gardens and to see what a remarkable young woman she has become!


It is always a pleasure to honor outstanding students in our community!


John Crawford welcomed back our good friend, Christina Meeker!