Kiwanis Ann Arbor Morning Edition (KAAME) is the Northside Ann Arbor branch of Kiwanis, an international non-profit that seeks to “improve the world, one child and community at a time.” We do this by fundraising and contributing to organizations that support school-aged children.
Our signature event is the annual Kiwanis-Thurston 5K Run/Walk through northeast Ann Arbor neighborhoods that raises funds for charities benefiting students in the Ann Arbor community.
Charities benefiting from the 2017 Kiwanis-Thurston 5K Run/Walk
- Thurston Nature Center’s Educational Fund: The Thurston Nature Center, located directly next to Thurston Elementary, includes Thurston Pond and surrounding woodlands and hiking trails. Owned by Ann Arbor Public Schools, it is a dedicated conservation reserve focused on supporting Ann Arbor’s Environmental Education Program and Thurston’s Green-Steam initiative. As part of its mission to restore the 50-year old site, teachers and school administrators have requested site-specific interpretation signs about features that students can readily see, better understand, and study.
- Clague Middle School’s Village Fund: A fund to provide students from families in need with assistance in purchasing clothes, school supplies, and eyeglasses.
- Clague 8th Grade D.C. Trip Scholarship Fund: Every year, the Clague 8th grade class takes a trip to Washington, D.C., an educational and often eye-opening experience for those students who have never traveled. Clague aims to send every interested 8th grader, and this fund helps those students whose families cannot otherwise afford the trip.
- Thurston Elementary’s Pantry: Thurston families in need of assistance are provided donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and school supplies. A team of parent volunteers and students collect, organize, and distribute the supplies.
- The Education Project: Ozone House’s THE EDUCATION PROJECT ensures that students affected by homelessness enroll, attend, and succeed in school.
Make a Donation
Kiwanis welcomes donations of any amount to help serve the children of our community. You may choose whether your donation goes only to those organizations benefiting from the 5K or to all charities which KAAME supports.