Kimberlin’s CyberKnights robotics team was started in 2015. Third, fourth and fifth graders try out for the team and have an opportunity to practice after school on Thursdays. Teams work together to build a robot which will compete in VEX IQ tournaments.
Each team designs their robot to score the maximum number of points during the game. They also work on programming the robots to run by themselves. Tournaments are set up so that all teams must work together in order to score the most points.
Our first Kimberlin robotics students competed at VEX IQ Worlds and are now at Austin Academy. Those students return to Kimberlin to mentor our students by helping with robot design and builds, programming, and skills challenges.
K-Kids stands for Kiwanis Kids and is a fourth and fifth grade, student-led community service organization. Our goal is to develop leadership potential by working together in service to our school and community. Through this service, our members develop strong moral character by learning the value of helping others.
K-Kids Share Kindness Cards
Our K-Kids, a branch of the Kiwanis Club, is back in action! Our December meeting is all about sharing joy with many wonderful people at Brookdale Senior Living. Knowing that so many are not able to see family as much as before, we are writing and illustrating personalized holiday cards for each resident. Even though we’d rather go in person to shake a hand, share a smile, or get to know new faces, we’re glad to be able to give a little of ourselves in this way.
Our K-Kids meet monthly to take on a variety of community service projects. We do everything from cleaning up campus, sponsoring Cupid Cards at Valentine’s, finding sweet ways to appreciate our teachers, and supporting local needs. All 4th and 5th grade students are welcome to be part of our K-Kids.
Bags for Good Samaritan of Garland
This month K-Kids decorated grocery sacks for Good Samaritan and the food drive. The bags will be used to hold the food items we have collected in our food drive. The kids hope to spread some joy and a personal touch to those in need.
Sponsors: Charlotte Ballard, Breanna Molix, and LuAnn Engleman
The K-Kids’ pledge:
“As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.”
Knights of Service
Our small group of 5th grade Knights take on big challenges! We chose to help local agencies provide a better Christmas for Garland ISD students by hosting our own toy drive. We planned, organized, and promoted our project to our fellow Knights and their families. We are so excited to share that our Kimberlin gave over 175 new toys in 2020!
Our next project is to find big and small ways to encourage our fellow students and staff members to take care of themselves and others. We are bringing some warmth to Kimberlin this January with positive messages and random acts of kindness. We are staying safe and staying strong, all together as one big team!