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B'ville: Ray service club makes difference

Ray Middle School has a new service club for students to join.

Earlier this school year, the school established a chapter of the Kiwanis Builders Club and 25 members have been busy performing projects to benefit the school and the community including a food drive, making cookies for staff members during the holidays and donating activity books to the Golisano Children's Hospital. As students build up the community with their activities and help others in need, they are learning valuable leadership skills that they will carry over into junior high school and beyond.

This February, the club spent two weeks collecting change to donate to the American Red Cross for the Haitian earthquake victims. They also sold paper hearts for their classmates to decorate with Valentine messages for friends. Students displayed the hearts on Ray's library windows. The club raised about $60 in total donations.

Kiwanis Builders Club members Warren Babcock, second from right, and Andrew Reith, right, sell hearts to Jordan Meyer, left, Ashley Walton, second from left, and Nicole Spinella at Ray Middle School. The club was selling hearts and collecting change to donate to the American Red Cross for Haitian earthquake victims.

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