The Kiwanis Club of Van Buren celebrated the elementary school students in its K-Kids Program by hosting its annual End of the Year Dance Tuesday at Parkview Elementary School.

The K-Kids in attendance enjoyed pizza, snacks and dancing to the music provided by Grandmaster P.

“This is something we like to do for the K-Kids,” said Kiwanis Club President Daniel Skipper. “It’s something fun where they can come and have a good time.”

Skipper said there are 137 students participating in the K-Kids Program. They come from each of the six elementary schools in the Van Buren School District.

“There are about 20 to 30 kids from each school, some in third through fifth grades and some fourth through fifth,” he said.

Students are selected to participate in the program by their respective school’s counselors and teachers.

“They’re kind of considered the up-and-coming leaders in the schools,” said Skipper. “So it’s not necessarily a popularity contest amongst the students. You’ll have everything from a lively, outgoing child to the ones that are quiet and more reserved. But they all have lots of leadership qualities in them that the teachers and counselors see.”

Skipper said the Kiwanis Club devotes a lot of time and resources to the K-Kids Program.

“We’re the support system behind the K-Kids Program,” he said. “We do several events with them throughout the year. We go to Fairview Cemetery and do a cemetery cleanup, we set the flags out for Veterans’ Day and do the Veterans’ Day Parade. If we didn’t have K-Kids I don’t know what the Kiwanis Club would do because all of our time is focused on them and fundraising for them and the things they do.”