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Kiwanis throws largest 'Splash Day' party yet

• May 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club hosted its 12th annual “Splash Day” for special-education students from Griffin, White Pines and Ferry schools on April 13.

The kids traveled to the Spring Lake Aquatics Center by bus, spent time at the fitness center, swam and had lunch.

Also participating were the schools’ para-pros, teachers, mentors and general-education students. 

Kiwanian Bill Swano said the April “Splash Day” was the club’s largest, with more than 230 participants.

“The day is a great field day for the special-needs kids, but it wouldn’t work without the 70 P.O.P.S. students,” said Kiwanian Kelly Draeger. 

The Power of Peer Support (P.O.P.S.) students, who are mainstream students who volunteer to work with and assist their classmates, meet regularly with special-education teachers and their students to help make the school day better.

The Kiwanis mission statement of “Serving the children of the world” was epitomized with this event, Swano noted.

Community members interested in joining the Kiwanis Club can attend a Wednesday lunch meeting at the Grand Haven Eagles or visit www.TriCitiesKiwanis.org.

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