Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Celebrates Local ‘TERRIFIC Kids’

Photos courtesy of Alice PEREZ
Back row from left are La Cañada Elementary students Aleena Rios, Alex Haber, Johanna Woo, Luke Talbert, Tyler Trimble, Sam Baker and Arthur Cervantes. Middle row from left are Paradise Canyon Elementary students Audrey Ostenson, Selena Maimone, Max Man, Alexis Oh, Thalia Luk, Niam Taylor, Miles Jamison and Clayton Hazelwood. Front row from left are Palm Crest Elementary students Aaron Kang, Cody Pap, Zane Kalmus-Kunde, Lev Taira, Madison Lee, Ella Hwang, Stella Dziak and Elizabeth Pak.

On Jan. 29 the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada hosted a luncheon to applaud the 23 TERRIFIC (Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable) Kids who were selected from La Cañada, Palm Crest and Paradise Canyon elementary schools. 

The Club hosts the special luncheon to acknowledge students selected by their classrooms who have displayed qualities such as kindness, positive attitude and good citizenship. The initial announcements were recently made at each schools’ spirit rallies by TERRIFIC Kids coordinators Nancy Leininger, Dr. Michael Leininger and Tom Slaughter. The luncheon gave the students a chance to celebrate with their family members.

Enjoying the days’ festivities are the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada TERRIFIC Kids program volunteers (from left) Dr. Michael Leininger, “TK” coordinator Nancy Leininger and Tom Slaughter.

The event was kicked off by TERRIFIC Kids coordinator Nancy Leininger.

“Recognizing the chosen sixth graders is a true honor,” said Leininger at the luncheon. “In today’s world it is not always easy to do the right thing and make wise decisions most of the time. Showing integrity and wisdom are gifted skills. These attributes truly are building the foundation of your future success.” 

As students from each school were called up, Leininger read a brief summary of each student that had been submitted by their teacher.

“We must give credit and thanks to the families who support the activities that develop and nurture the positive behaviors you practice every day,” added Leininger, “and we also congratulate the school leaders and teachers for creating environments of respect.”

Joining Leininger at the podium was La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette. Those attending the event included La Cañada Kiwanis members La Cañada Flintridge Mayor pro-tem Greg Brown and past La Cañada Flintridge City Councilman Don Voss; LCUSD Board of Education President Joe Radabaugh and board members Brent Kuszyk and Kaitzer Puglia; La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Association President and CEO Pat Anderson; and La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander. Also present were school principals Carrie Hetzel from Paradise Canyon Elementary, Emily Blaney from La Cañada Elementary and Cory Pak from Palm Crest Elementary. 

For more than 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has heralded local students through the TERRIFIC Kids program. The Kiwanis Clubs from all over the world share in the same goal and motto to serve and recognize children.

Those interested in getting to know more about the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada are invited to attend a get acquainted lunch meeting and hear the guest speaker of the week. The group meets every Wednesday at noon at Descanso Gardens in the Van de Kamp Hall. Visit and click on Meetings to reserve a seat.

Submitted by Alice PEREZ