Community Service

Community Service

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

We’re partnering with the Mead Library to promote early childhood reading!!

This program was developed by Mead Library staff to encourage parents and other family members to read to their little ones!! Our club became the official sponsor of this program in fall 2013 by our donation of $500. These funds are used to purchase ‘rewards’ to be given to each child as they reach milestones in their reading!

500 Books Before Middle School

Building on the success of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, the club now sponsors the 500 Books Before Middle School program!  This program is open to kids in Kindergarten thru 5th grade.  Rewards are given for every 50 books read. 

Family Story Time

Stories, videos, songs, and crafts are all part of Mead Library’s Family Story Time!  Once a month from October to April, Club members read to the kids, sing and dance, and plan the craft activity around the week’s theme.  We have just as much fun as the kids!

Library Easter Egg Hunt

Our partnership with Mead Library keeps expanding and now includes sponsorship of the Easter Egg Hunt!!  Club members stuff over 600 eggs with candy and toys, then hide them among the books in the Children’s Room on the morning of the event. Several craft activities, face painting and a visit from the Bunny himself are also part of the morning, held on a Saturday before Easter. Sign up here.

Longfellow Holiday Party

The Optimist Club has partnered with Longfellow School staff to help make the holidays a little brighter for the students!

Without an active parent organization, a group of dedicated teachers have created the “Holiday Lights” event and we stepped up to help!  Members become “Santa’s helpers” providing small gifts that Santa gives to each child. We also play games and do craft activities with the kids at the party.  

Longfellow Student Cards

The Sheboygan Area School District has adopted the PBIS program (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support) to promote and teach appropriate pro-social skills and behaviors to maximize academic success for all students.  At Longfellow, one student per classroom/program is recognized by their teacher for their classroom leadership, positive behavior, and academic effort each month. Our club members write individual congratulatory notes to each of them in the hope that recognition from someone outside of their school community helps to reinforce the message!

Back to School Basics

The 2020 giveaway process has been affected by the school district’s policies to stem the spread of the coronavirus.  As Optimists, we have found a way to make our project happen within the new guidelines!

The giveaway will be held in conjunction with the school district meal sites on MONDAY, AUGUST 10th, from 7:30-11am.  If your family needs help obtaining basic school supplies for your children, pre-bagged items will be available for grades K-5  and middle/high school levels.  Please plan to pick up supplies at one of the following locations:  North High, South High, Sheridan, Jackson, Pigeon River, Madison, Cooper, Grant or Longfellow.

March National Reading Month

Members and friends spent two mornings in March reading to Kindergarten thru Third Grade students at Longfellow and Sheridan Elementary Schools.  Each child got to choose a new book to take home thanks to Bess the Book Bus (sponsored by Citgo) who donated hundreds of awesome books!

Optimist Park Clean Up

Optimist Park is located on the south side of Sheboygan on Carmen Avenue between 18th – 22nd Streets. In June our club spends an evening sprucing up the park. We plant flowers, spreading wood chips, trim trees…whatever we can do to improve the appearance of the park that bears our name!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Look for club members ringing bells at Festival Foods!  

Making the Grade

In cooperation with the Sheboygan Police Department and several neighborhood associations, the Club donated $500 toward the purchase of new children’s clothing for Longfellow School.  Staff there have will provide a new outfit for children in need and launder the clothing they wore to school. The Club is planning to provide financial assistance to the school for the purchase of a new washer/drier for this program as well.

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