Harbor Mesa Lions donated school boxes filled with all the supplies the first-graders at Whittier Elementary School will need throughout the year, according to Carol VanHolt. Teachers give the club a list of all the tools the children will be using in the classroom, such as rulers, scissors, pencils, glue, markers and crayons. The project is chaired by Amy Averbach, Myrta Sparkes, Dalila Vaden and Gina Stansbury, who buy the items and boxes. Members have an assembly day the week before school starts and distribute the boxes the following week. The children are delighted to receive these boxes and show their gratitude with big smiles and a thank you.
Funds for this annual project are raised with several events the club holds, including their Casino Night, Candy Sales, Bingo Night and the annual garage sale. For more information about the club, visit http://www.cmnhlions.com.
KIWANIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Melissa Olsen, a professional photographer, has assisted both the Irvine Kiwanis and the Costa Mesa Kiwanis clubs with our respective golf tournaments, said Costa Mesa President Kent Mueller.