Independence School Superintendent Dale Herl, as well as other school district staff and administrators visited the Kiwanis club recently to thank the club for the support of fourth graders' class trips to Jefferson City.

Kiwanis Citizenship Day was adopted by the Independence Kiwanis club as a flagship project to provide a large impact with a concentration of the club's funds this year.

The project has supported class trips to Jefferson City from William Southern, Fairmount, and Benton elementary schools. William Southern and Fairmount completed class trips this spring, and Benton is planning a trip for the fall.

William Southern Principal Kathy Ambrose, and fourth grade teacher Bailey Higgins summarized the students' experience at the Capitol. The students met with Rep. Noel Torpey, who led the students on a tour of the Missouri General Assembly, the exterior of the Governor's mansion, and the State Supreme Court. The trip provides a unique opportunity for the students to see firsthand how the state government functions, and how the concepts they learn in the classroom are applied in day-to-day life.

The Kiwanis club meets every Tuesday at noon at Ophelia's restaurant on the Independence Square. It is a service organization dedicated to serving children in the community. For more information about Kiwanis, go to