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CKMS Humanitarian Drive for South African Children

Chief Kanim Middle School students formed a new club this year called the CHOCK Club. CHOCK stands for CHief Outreach Community of Kids. From March 1-17, the club is coordinating a humanitarian drive to gather supplies for children in the Kwa Zulu Natal region of South Africa. Students are collecting clothing, school supplies, shoes of all kinds, soccer balls and other sports equipment, stuffed animals, dolls, sewing materials, blankets, books, as well as diapers and baby clothes. While all the clothing must be new, other items such as shoes can be gently used. (Soccer shoes with cleats are especially valued!)

To contribute, please bring donations to the Chief Kanim Middle School office by this Friday, March 17.

The club, whose mission is “Kids Helping Kids” has approximately 20 middle school members. Students began meeting in late September with advisor Curtis Betzler, who teaches 6th grade science at Chief Kanim. They took on different roles involving sub-committees for programs, public relations and technology, and put on a school assembly for all CKMS students and staff on March 1 to launch the campaign and encourage Snoqualmie Valley families to contribute to the drive. The Chief Kanim students presented compelling facts and photos regarding what life is like in South Africa for children in impoverished villages. They explained, for example, that in the Kwa Zulu Natal region where the supplies are delivered:
  • One third of all schools have no electricity and no sports facilities.
  • Half of the schools have only pit latrine toilets (outhouses).
  • And, four out of five schools have no libraries, no computer labs or computers, no science labs or equipment, and no band classes or instruments.
The items collected through this drive will be delivered in July through the Generation Joy Foundation. To learn more, visit the Generation Joy Foundation website at: Curtis Betzler founded the organization in 2007, and can be reached at for more information.

CKMS CHOCK Club at assembly to launch Humanitarian Drive
Chief Kanim's new CHOCK Club has a mission of "Kids Helping Kids."
 Boxing up donations 1  Boxing up donations 2
 CKMS students sorting and boxing donations.
Curtis Betzler with village children in South Africa.
 CKMS Science Teacher and CHOCK Club Advisor Curtis Betzler
with South African children on a previous trip.