Kids interested in community service now have a club designed specifically for them.

The Hudson Area Public Library and the Greater Hudson Kiwanis Club have joined together to launch K-Kids, a service organization for upper elementary kids. K-Kids is part of the international Kiwanis service club structure.

K-Kids is a student-led organization. Kids structure their own clubs, choose their own projects and create their own plans to serve the community. The club is sponsored by the Greater Hudson Kiwanis Club and will be held twice monthly at the Hudson Area Public Library. A librarian and a Kiwanis leader will serve together as advisors for the club.

"People are familiar with the work of Kiwanis," said Fred Dietze, Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of greater Hudson. "But not many people know there's a version of Kiwanis just for youth. Kids are just as capable of giving back to their community as adults."

K-Kids members develop leadership and teamwork skills, build confidence and character, and make new friends-all while meeting community needs. K-Kids clubs nationwide have done projects ranging from organizing community food drives to helping the elderly with chores.

"What's exciting about the club is that kids are the decision-makers," said Shelley Tougas, Adult and Youth Services Coordinator at the library. "Kids are motivated when they get to make decisions. When they see their project filling a real need, it builds their confidence and teaches them how to be leaders."

K-Kids is designed to:

• Develop leadership and teamwork skills

• Build confidence and character

• Meet other kids

• Have fun

K-Kids was first charted in 2000. There are now 1,200 clubs worldwide but none locally.

There are no registration fees for the club.

To learn more about K-Kids, parents and kids can attend one of two informational meetings. Those meetings are 6 p.m. Monday, March 18 or 6 p.m. Monday, March 25. Both will be held at the library.

The regular club meetings are expected to be the first and third Mondays of the month. Parents can also call Tougas at the library at 715-386-3101 or Dietze from Kiwanis at 715-381-0038.