Some of Our Favorite Projects

On December 3, 2018 the only disc (frisbee) golf course in Douglas County was dedicated by the Tuscola Kiwanis Club and Tuscola School District.  It is a 9-hole course located at the East Prairie Middle School.  It is used by students during recess and PE, and open to all children and adults after school and on non-school days.  This project was funded by the members of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club with Gift in Kind/Donations from Hastings Printing, Tuscola Builders, Tuscola Home Center, Tuscola IGA/Kirby Foods, and Winn Welding.

KEY CLUB - Tuscola Community High School

The Tuscola Kiwanis Club sponsors a Key Club at the Tuscola Community High School.  There are two co-advisors from our Kiwanis Club and a faculty advisor, Darcey Helmick.

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving their community and others. As members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

Today, Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada.  The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members:

The Key Club motto is “Caring: Our Way of Life.”  Their mission statement is:  “Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.”  Their vision is:  “To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service.”

Key Club membership is open to high school students who wish to provide service to their school, community and others.  Membership provides opportunities for leadership development and scholarships.  Every club elects its own officers annually - a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and editor.  Every Key Club also has the authority to select its own service projects.



Builders Club Builders Club

Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide.

Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to babies and children of the world.


Building leaders



To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.


Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.

Core values


"I pledge on my honor to uphold the objects of Builders Club. To better my school, my community, my nation, and myself. To aid those in need while enhancing leadership capabilities, and to encourage the fellowship of all mankind."

K-Kids Tuscola

K-Kids is the youngest and fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. These clubs are ideally suited for students in grades 1 through 5 (ages 6 to 12).

K-Kids is a "student-led" community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body.

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."

The K-Kids' motto is "We Build," and its objectives are:

During the school year, Tuscola K-Kids participate in community and world-wide projects.  Previous projects have included donating and planting a tree at their school, raising money for Chernobyl children and washing teachers' cars during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Tuscola Kiwanis club recognizes and thanks the Tuscola K-Kids with certificates and gifts.  Club members host wiener/marshmallow roasts and ice cream parties during the school years for the K-Kids.


"BUG" is a program that gives students a goal of improving their grades.  East Prairie Elementary School and the Tuscola Kiwanis have teamed up to administer and support this very worthwhile effort.  Students receive awards for making improvements in their grades.

1st time winners receive a "BUG" certificate and button.  They also receive a congratulatory postcard from a Kiwanis member and their name in the Tuscola newspapers.


2nd time winners receive a "BUG" certificate and pencil.  They also receive a congratulatory postcard and phone call from a Kiwanis member and their name in the Tuscola newspapers.


3rd time winners receive a "BUG" certificate.  They also get treated to a lunch with the Kiwanians and a postcard and phone call.  Their name also appears in the Tuscola newspapers.

Making Trauma Dolls for Kids in Need

Trauma dolls are hand-made by club members for children.

Currently, the club provides our trauma dolls to Carle ER and the Pediatric ward of the Carle Hospital in Urbana.  Occasionally we provide dolls as needed to the Douglas County ambulance services and the Tuscola Fire Department.

These dolls serve two purposes:

1) To comfort children whose lives have much turmoil.

2) To provide enjoyment and purpose to club members who get together to make the dolls for this good cause.

Our last workshop met at the Douglas County Museum where we enjoyed a potluck dinner before making trauma dolls. A single workshop usually completes 80-90 dolls.

Please join us for food, fun and fellowship with other Kiwanians when the next workshop is announced.


Showing the Kiwanis Spirit at Local Events

Helping Out Other Worthwhile Causes

Frequently, members volunteer their time to help the community with other activities.

In early 2020 our club renovated and expanded the small, run down basketball court at the RISE Behavioral Health and Wellness center in Tuscola.  We removed and expanded the original concrete, relocated and replaced the basket and painted the adjoining fence.
In 2019 our club expanded the North Ward Elementary School pre-kindergarten playground.  This included adding several pieces of playground equipment, seating for teachers and a tricycle path.  The finished playground doubled the size of the original.
Serving the Children of the World
EP & TCHS Teachers Grant Program
Member' s Area