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Altrusa donates Kiwi Crates to gifted students

Members of the Altrusa Literacy Committee deliver Kiwi Crates to Missouri Avenue Elementary School to be used by the students in the Gifted Program. Pictured, from left, are Janice Villareal, Carol Dolan (Missouri Avenue School secretary), Gail Lucier, Mary Featherstone and Rhonda Lujan. (Submitted Photo)

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In 2017, Altrusa International of Roswell, NM, Inc. partnered with Missouri Avenue Elementary School in an effort to sponsor events and provide educational materials that would build on the students’ classroom education. Recently, members of the Altrusa Literacy Committee donated two Kiwi Crates per student enrolled in Missouri Avenue’s Gifted Program.

What is a Kiwi Crate? A Kiwi Crate includes science activities, arts and crafts, imaginative play and more. The crates are designed by a team of in-house experts, which include former educators and child development professionals. They are reviewed by an advisory board, which includes highly respected professionals in education, developmental psychology, art and science to ensure KiwiCo is delivering developmentally appropriate and enriching projects.

Finally, every crate theme is rigorously tested by children to ensure that projects are engaging, fun and universally appealing, and to ensure that the instructions are clear and easy to understand.

All Kiwi Crates are designed with STEM-project activities to help children discover and celebrate their natural creativity and curiosity, while helping teachers bring enriching experiences to the children. The company’s goal is to make it fun, easy and delightful for educators and students to spend time building, exploring and creating together. And, ultimately, they hope the problem-solving skills and creative confidence that children gain today will help them tackle the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. KiwiCo believes that creative confidence helps children think big and act like creators and producers instead of just consumers.

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