Projects and Activities

The Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide.  Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.

Here are a few of the many community service projects we do every year:


Rewards for Reading Program 

Committee Chair - Mel Dussel, 504-454-8397

~ Our award winning Rewards for Reading Program is now in 20 Jefferson Parish schools. When a child reads a book and passes a test on it, he or she receives a ticket for a drawing to win amazing prizes at our awards assembly. We do them twice a year at each school and bring our member mascots, Boudreaux from the N.O. Zephyrs and Katie the Duck from Acadian Plumbing. (You can come too. It is something everyone should experience!) 


To date, we have given as incentives to read… over 400 new bikes, 350,000 Baby Cakes Baseball passes worth over $250,000, over 200,000 AMF Bowling “free game” passes (many good for 4 children to bowl two free games per day for the entire summer), 240,000 passes to Adventure Quest Lazer Tag, 120,000 free buffets from CiCi’s Pizza, 8,000 kid’s meals from Raising Canes, 8,000 Domino’s “free” Pizza cards, 800 Dot’s Diner certificates, 400 MP4 Players, plus many more. 

And Most Important: The Children in our schools have read well over 1 Million books! And their grades have gone up dramatically! 



Schedule for May, 2017


Monday, May 8th

  • 2:30 p.m.   G.T. WOODS ELEM… 1037 31st Street, Kenner


Wednesday, May 10th

  • 2:00 p.m.  JEFFERSON ELEM… 4440 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson


Thursday, May 11th

  • 7:20 a.m.   J.Q. ADAMS MIDDLE… 5525 Henican Pl., Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.   PHOEBE HEARST ELEM… 5208 Wabash St., Metairie


Friday, May 12th

  • 9:30 a.m.   RUDOLPH MATAS ELEM…1201 Elise Street, Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.   BRIDGEDALE ELEM…808 Zinnia Ave., Metairie


Monday, May 15th

  • 9:15 a.m.  A.C. ALEXANDER ELEM…600 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner
  • 2:00 p.m.  J. C. ELLIS ELEM…. 801 Brockenbraugh Ct., Metairie


Tuesday, May 16th

  • 9:30 a.m.  HAZEL PARK ELEM….8809 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge
  • 2:00 p.m.   SCHNECKENBURGER ELEM…. 26 Earnst Ave., Kenner


Wednesday, May 17th

  • 9:00 a.m.   MARIE RIVIERE ELEM…. 1564 Lake Ave., Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.   ALICE BIRNEY ELEM…. 4829 Hastings St., Metairie


Thursday, May 18th

  • 9:00 a.m.   BISSONET PLAZA ELEM…. 6818 Kawanee Ave., Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.    GREENLAWN TERRACE ELEM…1500 38th St., Kenner


Friday, May 19th

  • 9:30 a.m.   ELLA DOLHONDE ELEM…. 219 Severn Ave., Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.    KENNER DISCOVERY ELEM…. 2504 Maine Ave., Kenner


Monday, May 22nd

  • 9:00 a.m.   HAROLD KELLER ELEM…. 5301 Irving Street, Metairie
  • 2:00 p.m.   AIRLINE PARK ACADEMY… 6201 Camphor St., Metairie


Tuesday, May 23rd

  • 2:30 p.m.   JOHN J. AUDUBON ELEM… 200  W. Loyola Dr., Kenner  


Wednesday, May 24th

  • 2:00 p.m.   CHATEAU ESTATES ELEM… 4121 Medoc Dr., Kenner


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Feeding the homeless at Lantern Light

Committee Chair - Butch Diaz, 504-813-7504

~ Every Monday we provide and serve hot meals to the homeless. Located behind St. Joseph’s Church on Tulane in New Orleans, we have provided over 50,000 hot meals to men, women and children in need.​

Children’s Hospital & Ochsner Hospital Surgery Dolls

Committee Chair - Dot Charlet, 504-885-6212

~ Over 2000 dolls are hand made every year. These dolls are given to children to take with them through their entire hospital stay. The doctors use the dolls to show and explain to the children what they are doing and then the children get to take the dolls home to continue to comfort them through their recovery.

Ronald McDonald House

Committee Chair - Sonny Romero, 504-259-4630

~ Once a month we prepare and serve meals to the families there in need.


Helping 2016 Flood Victims


Ozanam Inn

We serve lunch to the homeless the fourth Friday of every month and do other projects throughout the year including the Christmas Toy Drive.


Bingo for the elderly at Metairie Manor

Committee Chair - Barbara Hebert

Crescent City Classic 

A's & Aces

Magnolia Community Gala

Trees of Hope

Boo @ the Zoo

Wheelchair Ramps            

Head Start - Read to a Child Program

Patricia F. Taylor School Gala

And much, much more!

Dawn Busters Kiwanis     P.O. Box 6211      Metairie, La 70011-6211