K-Kids is the youngest and fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. Ruskin K-Kids is a "student-led" community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Ruskin K-Kids is unique because it's sponsored by a local Kiwanis club, composed of leading business and professional people of the community. Teacher Leticia Perez is in charge of guiding Ruskin's K-Kids.
K-Kids is comprised of lower-primary students.
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."
Student Council students act as a governing body to help make
decisions that impact Ruskin students.They decide on projects and fund
raisers and how the money will be spent. Each 4th and 5th grade class
has two elected members to represent their class. Within the Student
Council, students can run of elected officer positions who work directly
with the Student Council Advisor to make important decisions.
All of the members of Student Council and Safety Patrol can be
members of Ruskin's Student Leadership. Each teacher on site has their
own personal leadership team member who does their recycling and keeps
them informed of all upcoming events. Leadership students are broken
into three groups (Public Relations, Spirit, and Recognition) and are
responsible for planning and promoting fundraisers, spirit days and
community service projects (Second Harvest canned food drive, etc).
Safety Patrol students are responsible for helping parents and
students get to and from school in a safe manner. Working with a Ruskin
staff member, students show up for their jobs about 15 minutes before
the bell rings and take different positions in the crosswalks to help
community members cross the roads safely. Students are asked to work in
any and all weather conditions and both before and after school.
A majority of the Safety Patrol students are 5th graders. Some 4th graders are trained when the 5th graders leave for Science Camp and at the end of the school year (in preparation for the beginning of the next school year).
Fifth grade students at Ruskin participate in a five-day science school program. The weeklong program is held at the Walden West Science Center in Saratoga, CA. Walden West's science program emphasizes learning by doing through California State Science Standards-based curriculum. Students participate in hands-on, intensive studies in the areas of animal habitat, ecosystems, and plant identification, while building social skills and enhancing responsibility through the use of cabin groups. Students and teachers live on site and eat meals together in a family style atmosphere.
Science Camp is only for 5th graders.
If you would like to sponsor a student or make a donation to theNancy Perrel Memorial Science Camp Scholarship fund, please contact Ruskin at (408) 923-1950.