Kids Korps: Presidential Student Service Awards & Senatorial certificates announced


kids-korps-logoOn Saturday, Oct. 23, national “Make a Difference Day,” more than 50 Kids Korps volunteers were in attendance to receive their Presidential Student Service Awards, signed by President Barack Obama, at Carpentier Park in Cardiff By The Sea. Awardees were recognized for their outstanding service improving communities and making America stronger. Those who earned more than 100 hours of service also received the highly esteemed Senatorial Certificate from Senator Mark Wyland, 38th District Office.

Prior to the award ceremony, volunteers joined in a creek cleanup at Carpentier Park, which is near the corner of San Elijo Ave and Birmingham, off Highway 101. Kids Korps members and their parents helped with weeding, picking up trash, planting, and spreading wildflower seeds.

These helping hands learned what it takes to create and maintain an environmentally sensitive park while providing a community asset where there was once dirt.

“Make A Difference Day”, Saturday, Oct. 23, comes at a time of tremendous need and opportunity. Millions took action around the country on this national day of service to meet the needs of their communities. Kids Korps is very proud of the young people who volunteer their time and talents on a year round basis.

“At Kids Korps USA, the spirit of giving is instilled in youth through community volunteerism. As youth and teens learn the meaning of community service, they develop leadership skills and gain perspective on how they can make a difference in the world,” said founder, Joan Wafer.

I learned to care about other people, not just myself,” smiled 11-year-old, Anthony Piglovski, who is the youngest Kids Korps member to receive the Gold Presidential Award for volunteering 100 hours in one year. Alexandra Scafidi is the youngest, at age 7, to receive the Bronze Award for giving 62 hours of her time to volunteer in the past year.

Thank you to Linda Lee, Carpentier Park Coordinator, for hosting the awards ceremony, VG’s Donuts for the yummy treats, and Mike Redman, Tim Griffin, Yosemite Roy and the Bucket Ruckuss for their festive music.

Congratulations to all 77 Kids Korps members for their outstanding community service.


On Oct. 13, the Rancho Santa Fe Chapter of Kids Korps hosted a Create Your Own Custom Fragrance fundraiser event, to benefit Kids Korps USA.

Spa Gregorie, a leading premier day spa and salon located in Flower Hill Mall, San Diego, supported the event with their beautiful venue.

Sue Phillips, President of SCENTERPRISES Ltd., and fragrance designer of Tiffany’s, Burberry’s and other fine fragrances, presented The Perfume Studio and took guests on a fragrance journey to experience the magic and mystery of 18 exquisite perfume blends created by a master perfumer.

Guests created their own bespoke perfume by selecting three or four blends which became their signature “formula.” This Custom Perfume Event offered those that attended a unique, interactive opportunity to create their very own Signature Fragrance while raising funds for Kids Korps USA, the leading organization to engage youth, K-12th grades in community service volunteerism.

Guests of all ages enjoyed the event. One of our goals according to Dana Knees, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Chapter, and formally a sales marketing executive in the fragrance industry in NYC, was to expose young people to the fragrance business. Many young people are simply unaware that such a fascinating industry with wonderful career opportunities exists, commented Knees, “My favorite guest was a young Kids Korps member who attended with her grandmother. She loved smelling and talking about the feelings of each fragrance blend and she was so excited to attend.

According to her grandmother, she loves all kinds of food, flavors, and smelling. Her senses have always been heightened even at a very young age, so this event was perfect for her!”

Another Kids Korps new member, Holy Carter commented, “It was interesting to learn about perfume. I really enjoyed the process of creating my own fragrance.”

According to Sue Phillips, Fragrance Industry Expert, and author of SENSORY HEALING – The Correlation of Sense and Taste, “Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful, yet most ignored, senses. We offer a variety of multi-sensory events in which we incorporate scent with wine, food, music and art in order to elevate the guest ‘experience’, and our custom perfume events are ideal for corporate, teambuilding and fundraising initiatives.” We are delighted to have partnered with Kids Korps USA to raise awareness of how fragrance can enhance our daily lives and reflect one’s unique individuality and personality.”

Both Knees and Phillips plan to continue spreading the mystery and pleasure about the fragrance industry. “It’s so rewarding to take what you know and watch others truly enjoy the benefits. It was particularly rewarding to give back to Kids Korps USA,” commented Knees.

For more information on booking custom fragrance events or questions relating to RSF Kids Korps, please contact Dan Knees,



Help Kids Korps provide food for 300 low income families in Logan Heights with non perishable food for their Thanksgiving meals. From Oct. 30 through Nov. 13 canned food can be dropped off at Geppetto’s Toy Store, 2670 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014 (located in Flower Hill Mall Shopping Center on the lower level near the movie theater).

CALLING ALL TEENS… 13 to 18! “The Very Best in Youth” PRESENTED BY NESTLE

The Nestlé Very Best in Youth national award application deadline (Nov. 1, 2011) is quickly approaching. If you are an academic and community super star, visit the Nestlé Very Best in Youth website and apply, you could join other past Kids Korps members in being selected to win $1,000 for your charity of choice and a trip for you and a parent/guardian to the awards ceremony. Visit



Just one week remains to join our interest list. Thanks to our partners at Starbucks, Teen Korps Youth Leadership Council will provide a select number of members with a unique opportunity to make a difference in under-resourced communities. Members will learn leadership skills, earn valuable volunteer hours, serve as near peer and inspiration to other youth, all, while adding a great experience to college applications. The council is a year-round commitment. Members will attend meetings and work with peers and community leaders to develop needs assessment, outreach programs, fundraising efforts and success evaluation. Applications will be emailed the week of Oct. 25 and selections made the first week of November. Email

to find out more or to place your name on our interest list.


Kids Korps and SDG&E have teamed up to present a series of creative service events promoting energy efficiency and conservation. The SmART Meter program takes old power meters and repurposes them as a youth volunteer activity that will promote the energy efficiency and the new smart meter program countywide. Participants will work with a variety of artistic mediums (paint, mosaic, recycled items) to create educational works of art to be showcased at a variety of public locations countywide.


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