The “Karen’s Kids” fund provides resources to children in need at Arongen Elementary School in the Shenendehowa School District.

Feb 2016

2015: A rewarding year!

It has been a very rewarding 2015 for Karen’s Kids, Arongen Elementary and the community. Thanks to all of our supporters, we continue to build community spirit and provide for children who need some extra help.

4th Annual Golf Tournament – raised $12,500. It was a warm and beautiful day on July 27, perfect for golf at Eagle Crest. The tournament is our major fundraiser and is held on or near Karen’s birthday of July 26. This year we had 86 golfers, 30 sponsors and 58 raffle prizes. Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful to be together with family and friends on this special day.

Arongen Playground – On May 16-17, Karen’s Kids assisted parents and volunteers from Arongen PTA to build a new playground at Arongen. This event was the culmination of many months of fundraising and community outreach by the PTA. Karen’s Kids donated the proceeds from last year’s golf tournament to the effort as well. The new modern playground provides children of all ages with an opportunity to climb, explore and have fun!

Arongen PTA Community Ziti Dinner – Karen’s Kids helped the Arongen PTA with planning, resources and serving at this community-building event held on February 6. It was great to see the several hundred students and their families coming together to enjoy fine food, music and conversation.

Here’s how Arongen is helping children using Karen’s Kids funds:
  • Weekend Meals Backpack Program – in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY and the Arongen PTA, Karen’s Kids is again providing the resources to help 15 children from Arongen and Shatekon for the school year. The program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable and easily consumed. Bags are packed each week by volunteers and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon.
  • Koda Kares Holiday Meals Program – Karen’s Kids and the Arongen PTA is working with a team at Koda Middle School to provide meals to children and families in need over long holiday breaks. The Thanksgiving effort was very successful and the team is planning a support effort over the upcoming Winter Break.
  • Musical instruments, clothing, school supplies, snacks and lunches are again being provided this school year using Karen’s Kids funds.

Karen Field Kindness Award – Karen’s Kids presented the second annual Karen Field Kindness Award in June, which is given to recognize an Arongen student who demonstrates exceptional kindness, generosity and grace serving others. The 2015 recipients are Brendan Austin and Victoria Ines. Both students are active in the community and are kind and respectful to their fellow classmates. They are great role models. Their names have been added to the plaque in the Karen’s Kids display at Arongen.

Stay up to date! - More information about how Karen’s Kids is working in the community, our fundraising efforts, future dates for the golf tournament, photos and updates can be found on the Karen’s Kids web site at Also visit Karen’s Kids on Facebook to see the most recent news, photos and updates. You can also access information about Karen’s Kids through a new community page on the Arongen PTA website at And please contact us if you have any ideas for fundraising or ways we can positively impact the community.

New Principal Mr. Andrew Hills joins Arongen – Karen’s Kids would like to welcome Mr. Andrew Hills who took over as the new Principal at Arongen at the end of November. Karen’s Kids would also like to thank former Principal Ben Roberts for his vision and dedication to Karen’s Kids. He was instrumental in helping us get started and his unwavering support and focus on the students and staff has allowed us to make a difference in the lives of many children. We look forward to working with Mr. Hills to continue to serve children in need at Arongen.

If you would like to donate – please make your check or money order payable to “Karen’s Kids” and send it to Arongen Elementary, 489 Clifton Park Center Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Attention: Principal Andrew Hills.

Karen’s spirit and kindness continue to be felt by all of us as we seek to help those children less fortunate in a gracious and dignified way. All of you have been a very big part of it.

Thank you.

Karen’s Kids
8 Baldwin Court
Clifton Park, NY 12065