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September 2012 magazine


Bullard High School Key Club gets kids active

story by Danielle Karstens

Kids love to transform cardboard boxes into secret forts, princess castles or speeding racecars. At least, that’s what Cullen Hippler discovered at his Key Club’s Worldwide Day of Play event. As the Key Club president at Bullard High School in Bullard, Texas, Hippler helped organize the Nickelodeon-sponsored event and said it was the perfect activity to kick off the school year. Club members hosted the event at a park, but they didn’t limit themselves to the playground equipment. Members set up fun activities ranging from kickball to face painting. 

“The cardboard boxes were definitely a big hit,” Hippler said. “We’re a small club, and we’re always looking for low-cost projects. We didn’t try to go over the top and come up with dif cult activities because the kids’ attention spans are pretty low. We stuck with simple toys that we knew kids would have fun with.” 

The Bullard Key Club tailored its event to students from kindergarten through sixth grade. More than 100 children and their families chose to abandon the television and participate in the Day of Play. 

“We wanted to make sure this was a family day,” says Key Club advisor Tabitha Hippler, Cullen’s mother. “A lot of [parents] brought picnic lunches and spent the whole day at the park, even though our event was from 11 to 2.” 

The Day of Play served as a great bonding opportunity for other members of the Kiwanis family as well. In addition to the 43 Key Club volunteers, Kiwanis and Builders Club members got involved by grilling hot dogs and facilitating games with the kids. Because of everyone’s teamwork, the event was even more successful than Tabitha or Cullen envisioned.

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