Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Kiwanis Donates $20,000 to MIA

The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island recently presented a check for $20,000 to Marco Island Academy (MIA). The donation will upgrade the school’s technology, providing Chromebooks for the MIA students to use in the classroom.

“The graciousness of this community and Kiwanis in partnering with our school and our students is just unbelievable to me. This donation allows us to put more technology in the classroom which supports in furthering our kids’ education. That’s my main goal…to love these kids in every way possible by bolstering and furthering their studies and academics,” remarked a tearful MIA Principal Melissa Scott upon receiving the $20,000 check from Kiwanis President Preston Stiner. Choked up, she continued, “They are helping me live my dream, and it is really special.”

“Our Marco club raised $10,000 in our effort to upgrade MIA’s technology. We then received a matching grant from the Kiwanis Florida District Foundation,” explained Stiner. “The MIA Key Club is extremely supportive of our Kiwanis efforts. We have a tight relationship with these kids.”

Kiwanis serves as the parent organization of the Key Club. Like Kiwanis, the Key Club is dedicated to service and the community. The MIA Key Club was established in 2012 with only eight active members.

“Our Key Club is a force to be reckoned with! We started with humble beginnings with only a handful of students. This year, we have 77 kids. They are dedicated to service for their home, school, and community. Key Club teaches our students how to become leaders. It is a student-run club. They learn how to run a meeting, organize, and communicate. Our club volunteers for every group that asks for help,” explains Key Club sponsor Lori Galiana.

For upcoming events and more information about Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, visit For more information about the Key Club of MIA, visit

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