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Noah Cote, left, graduated second in his West High School class. He and Charley Reagan, right, who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA at Bow High School, were recently presented scholarships by Kiwanis Scholarship Chair Barbara Brennan, left-center, and Hooksett Kiwanis President Susan Kunkel.
- Fourteen years after its inception, the Hooksett Kiwanis Club is not only remaining active in the community, but members are increasing their efforts to benefit local students and to assist those in need.
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Newly elected Hooksett Kiwanis Builders Club’s 81 board members include president Julia Preston, vice president Gillian Vilela, secretary Haley Foye, historian Katelyn Parker, and 8th grade directors Julia Afthim and Courtney Lamphere. The 7th and 6th grade directors will be elected in the fall.
The 85-member club, which was recognized in 2013 as the state's top volunteer service group by Volunteer NH, supports the Hooksett Community Food Pantry, Kiwanis Kid's Kloset, community leaders recognition, and several recreational programs, among many other community activities and projects, namely its service leadership efforts.“One thing that makes Kiwanis unique from other community and service organizations is our service leadership programs,” said Fred Bishop, secretary of Hooksett Kiwanis. “We strongly believe that it is important to develop leadership and speaking skills among young people, while they volunteer to help their community.”To help accomplish those goals, Hooksett Kiwanis donates nearly $20,000 annually to sponsor several student-led organizations, including Kiwanis Builders Clubs at Cawley Middle School and (Manchester's) Hillside Middle School.The Hooksett Kiwanis Club also recently presented scholarship awards to Charles Reagan of Bow High School and Noah Cote of Manchester West.
Other Kiwanis-run efforts include the Hooksett Community Food Pantry, a 25-volunteer operation chaired by Barbara Brennan, and has donated more than 3,300 man hours in the receiving, purchasing and distribution of roughly $115,000 in food for Hooksett families in need, said Bishop.The Hooksett Kid's Kloset, chaired by Joan MacDonald, has had 10 Kiwanis volunteers receive, sort and clean donated children's clothing and host a monthly open house, where Bishop said families select clothing for their firstname.lastname@example.org