Kiwanis kids ready to light up the night - Silver City Daily Press and Independent

Get ready for one of Silver City’s most delightful events of the holiday season — the Kiwanis annual sing-off, a friendly competition held at 5 p.m. Friday in the gazebo in Gough Park. 

This year would be the seventh, said Kiwanis member Lori Bonomo, but the first year the event had to be canceled due to a blizzard. 

Over the past six years, the event has grown, featuring different Kiwanis groups each year, and more and more spectators, who come out to watch the performances, which are a lot more than just singing. Some students play their own instruments, do dance numbers, and, of course, the costumes are all part of the show.   

“This is the third year I have judged now, and it’s always fun to watch the kids, but it’s also fun to watch the families who come out to watch,” said Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry. “It’s just a nice, fun, family event.”

Bob Carson, president of Kiwanis, will be the emcee for this year’s show and four Kiwanis groups will perform — the Kiwanis Key clubs from Silver and Cobre high schools, the K-Kids group from G.W. Stout Elementary, and, for the first time, a new Kiwanis Builders Club from Cliff. The Builders Club is for middle school students, Bonomo said, while K-Kids is for elementary age and Key Club for high school. 

“It is so much fun to watch and positive and really nice,” Bonomo said of the event. 

Judging will be done by Terry, Silver City Mayor Ken Ladner, and Silver City MainStreet Manager Charmeine Wait. 

“When the kids are done competing, we will have a sing-along after,” Bonomo said. “Then, we will walk over to First Savings Bank and have hot chocolate and cookies and see their Christmas Village. We started this last year because it gets so cold out there.” 

The winning Kiwanis groups will receive cash prizes donated by Western Bank to use for service projects in the community.  

Bonomo has been involved with Kiwanis for 10 years now and has served as past president and past lieutenant governor for Division 7. She said she loves to see the impact Kiwanis has on the kids and they in turn have on their community. 

“There are so many kids who live here that are positive and are out there helping others,” she said. “I think it’s important that we help them along and support them, because they are the future.”  

Christine Steele

Kiwanis kids ready to light up the night - Silver City Daily Press and Independent

(Press Staff Photo by C.P. Thompson)Students in the G.W. Stout Elementary K-Kids used creative choreography to tell stories alongside their songs at the fifth annual Kiwanis Club of Silver City sing-off and gazebo lighting last year. The effort earned them first place in the Christmas caroling contest. This year’s sing-off will be held at 5 p.m. this Friday in the gazebo in Gough Park.

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