The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Set the Holidays in High Gear with the ‘TERRIFIC Kids’ Program

Among the attendees at the TERRIFIC Kids celebration were (front row from left) LCF City Councilmember Terry Walker with Paradise Canyon Elementary School – TK recipients Allie Hartford, Autumn Bender, Cary He, Andrew Chang, Carson Di Tullio, Ella Chase and Kiwanis TERRIFIC Kids Coordinator Tom Slaughter.
Middle row from left are LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette; Kiwanis President & LCUSD Governing Board Member Joe Radabaugh; Palm Crest Elementary School – TK recipients Caitlyn Hur, Caroline Beyer, Lucia Phifer, Lorentz Chen, Lori Garabedian, Maya Whitesides with LCUSD Governing Board Member Octavia Thuss and La Cañada Elementary School Principal Kelly Duncan.
Back row from left are LCF Mayor Rick Gunter with La Cañada Elementary School – TK recipients Shailen Natarajan, Morgan Niemiec, Juliana Barsom, Schyler Wokosin, Armaan Taylor, Isabella McArthur and Kiwanis Terrific Kids Program Coordinator Nancy Leininger, Palm Crest Elementary School Principal David Santiago-Speck, and Paradise Canyon Elementary School Principal Carrie Hetzel.
Far back row are Kiwanis Terrific Kids Coordinator Dr. Michael Leininger.
CREDIT: Photos courtesy of Alice PEREZ

The joy in the room was evident when the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada recently held its TERRIFIC Kids program, recognizing 18 local sixth grade students at a special luncheon. The event, hosted by the Kiwanis members at the La Cañada Congregational Church, drew nearly 100 attendees.

Selected from their classrooms, it was the first time all the recipients from La Cañada, Palm Crest and Paradise Canyon elementary schools were able to rally together. Joined by their family members, the students were applauded for displaying such character traits as good citizenship, kindness and positivity.

Kiwanis of La Cañada President Joe Radabaugh said, “This is one of my favorite days of the year! It is such a wonderful tradition to recognize and celebrate so many ‘terrific’ local La Cañada kids.”

TK Program Coordinator Nancy Leininger added, “We are happy to commend these amazing students who strive to do their best to make the world a better place.”

A few weeks ago, Kiwanians Nancy Leininger, Dr. Michael Leininger and Tom Slaughter visited each school to announce the honorees and present them with certificates at their rallies or classrooms. Established by Kiwanis International worldwide, “TERRIFIC” stands for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, and Capable.

Those who attended the TERRIFIC Kid festivities included the City of La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Rick Gunter; La Cañada City Council members Keith Eich and Terry Walker; LCUSD Governing Board Members Joe Radabaugh and Octavia Thuss; former board member Kaitzer Puglia; LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette; LCUSD Associate Superintendent Anais Wenn; La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Pat Anderson; LCF Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board and TK Coordinator Dr. Michael Leininger; City of LCF Parks & Recreation Commissioner Jeanne Hobson and former City of LCF Mayor Don Voss.

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