Building Service Leadership @Beaver Lake Middle School (BLMS)
Service leadership, what’s that? Here’s how the Builder’s Club at Beaver Lake Middle School defines it: “The heart to serve … the call to lead … the courage to engage.” That’s also the club motto.
The more than 1,600 Builder’s Clubs across the United States sponsored by local Kiwanis Clubs are aimed at creating future generations of service-oriented leaders by involving 6th, 7th and 8th graders in projects serving mainly children, but also elder adults.
The club at Beaver Lake Middle School (BLMS)-which began in the fall of 2021— is the brainchild of three people: Kevin Adamo, then the faculty advisor; Kathryn Coffin, the principal; and Mudra Machewad, the 6thgrade instigator of it all. Coffin wanted a community-centered student organization. Adamo was aware of the Builder’s Clubs and had already started one at another school. And Machewad was the dynamo who recruited and organized the student members.