Sandy Gigax, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Fort Zumwalt West Middle, was recently recognized for making a difference as a community member by the Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon.
Gigax has been teaching for 28 years in the Fort Zumwalt School District at J.L. Mudd, Twin Chimneys and currently at West Middle School. Gigax has also been a faculty advisor for a Kiwanis Builders Club at the school for 12 years. A Builders Club is a service leadership program sponsored by Kiwanis where students learn leadership through community service.
There are over 50 students in the West Middle School Builders Club in 2019. Over the years, the students in the Builders Club under Gigax’s leadership have provided different types of service for several different organizations. One year, a group of girls from the club sewed 30 mats for a cat shelter and fundraised for cat food and litter. Other students sorted food at the O’Fallon Salvation Army Food Pantry, ran a blood drive for the Red Cross, played Bingo with nursing home residents and provided treats to the school’s landscaping staff.
“I love to help others and do service in the community,” Gigax said. “When I read the description for Builders Club, I felt it would be a good match, and it surely was.”