The Kiwanis Club of Independence along with other clubs throughout the world, banned together on April 2, 2011, to celebrate Kiwanis One Day—an international day of community service.  Each club in their respective communites performed a service project.

The Kiwanis Club of Independence along with other clubs throughout the world, banned together on April 2, 2011, to celebrate Kiwanis One Day—an international day of community service.  Each club in their respective communites performed a service project.

“It’s a global effort, but it’s made of personal commitments,” said Brian Yarbrough, president of the club. “It extends to the impact you have on your community. And it results in an international spirit of service that inspires people worldwide.”

Under the direction of Yarbrough, the board of directors decided to clean up the playground north of Stone Church on River Road in Independence.

The playground was in dire need of some spring cleaning. The gals grabbed rakes and attacked the leaves and trash that had blown against both sides of the fence. The guys took shovels and cleared the ground underneath some of the equipment in preparation for spreading a fresh layer of mulch.

By noon, the playground was ready for neighborhood children to enjoy again. Weeds had been whacked, mulch spread, the ground under the end of the slide had been built up and many loads of leaves and wind-blown trash had been gathered.

Before the morning work was completed, some of the Kiwanians’ sons and daughters dropped by.

As they played, it reminded everyone that helping children is what the service organization is all about: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

For further information about Kiwanis, visit www.independencekiwanisclub.org.