High Five for Pizza Pie!


Vicki Baker

Nearly any ingredient can be put on pizza. From pepperoni and anchovies to barbecue chicken and pineapple, every pizza pie is like a unique work of art. There are thin crust pies, deep dish pies and everything in between. There are pies with different cheeses and tomato sauces. Frozen, fresh, gourmet, fast food chain, homemade: you name it; what’s not to love about pizza. And what better way to indulge in one of America’s most craved foods than at a pizza party!

In years past, the much-anticipated annual Pizza Party for the Aktion Club, a Kiwanis Club sponsored program for adults living with disabilities, had been hosted by Brenda and Gerald Jones. But this time around, it was a bit different…the Aktion Club officers and members spearheaded the party by taking the initiative in planning and organizing the event at their home campus of the Denton State Supported Living Center.

But before all the fun began, the club officers took the helm of the business meeting with reporting by President Sarah, Vice Presidents Ron and Stan, Secretary April, and member at large Kevin. The Aktion Club gives adults with disabilities an opportunity to build leadership and decision-making skills, to hold leadership roles in the club and to serve their communities.

After the club business was settled, the evening was filled with singing songs and socializing with friends. But the highlight was the pizza. There’s nothing more exciting than when that cardboard box is opened to reveal a round pie with eight delicious slices waiting to be devoured. Ever notice everybody eats their pizza differently? There are those who fold their slices in half, those who eat their slices with two hands, and those who (dare we say) like to cut their pizza with a fork and knife. Some people soak up the olive oil with a napkin, while others don’t mind a greasy slice.

Regardless of how you like your pizza, good times were spent with good friends performing good deeds—offering adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop and use their talents, and in turn, help them improve their self-esteem and belief in themselves.

Want to have an impact on the lives of those within your community? Then visit the Kiwanis Club RR on the first and third Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. For more information, contact Art Masciere at amasc@grandecom.net.