Austin presented the Kiwanis Club of Matthews with three large packages of new school supplies on May 22. The supplies will be used this summer in the club’s “School Clothes for Kids” initiative, which provides up to 100 local in-need students with new school clothes and a bookbag full of new school supplies to start the year in a positive spirit, a news release said.
Austin was recognized as a “Terrific Kid” this past February, as part of the Kiwanis Club’s “Terrific Kids” programs. The program is designed to develop confidence and self-esteem in area elementary school children. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Matthews honor those children who have achieved the goals established by their teachers each month throughout the school year.
The club had gathered May 22 to honor the financial sponsors and school representatives for their five “Terrific Kids” programs – Crown Point Elementary, Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Greenway Park Elementary, Idlewild Elementary and Matthews Elementary schools – when Austin surprised them with his donation.
“The smile on his face, when told that there will be fellow students in his own school this fall walking around with his donated school supplies in the bookbags, was heart-warming,” Rob Hunter, Matthews Police Chief and Kiwanis Club member, said.
The Crown Point Elementary student, who will start fourth grade in the fall, found out about the program from his mother, Sheri Stitz, who helps coordinate his school’s “Terrific Kids” program.
“He has a kind heart,” his mother said. “It made him feel good he was making a difference in the local community.”
Austin’s generosity will not stop with this batch of school supplies. He plans to ask for more supplies for his 10th birthday, his mother said.
Find more information about the “Terrific Kids” program or the Kiwanis Club of Matthews at www.MatthewsKiwanis.org.