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17 Dec 2018

Merry Christmas 2018 from LKNS!

| Mr_Norris_LKNS

The Legacy Knights Numismatic Society wishes everyone  a Merry Christmas!  We thought we'd post a "digital Christmas card" online to wish you joy and peace during this holiday season.

2018 has been a great year!  Our club is a school-based club so our years run from September through May, so I guess we should say 2018-19 has been a great year so far, and we anticipate finishing the year well!

Last May we ended the school year with 18 members, up from 13 the year before.  Already by Christmas this year, we have 23 members!  A lot of sixth graders will be moving on in the fall, but momentum is building in the lower grades.

This year we have also seen growth in the guest speakers and special events list.  We have already heard from renown military numismatics author and ANA educator, Mr. Fred Schwan, who traveled to see us; and we have completed our first Society coin project with a medieval moneyer.  We have some project work to do towards earning some medals, so we're going to dedicate a couple of meetings to getting caught up on that over the winter.  And since lots of coins have been found through metal detecting, we are hoping to do some of that in the spring!

As we celebrate the season that remembers God's greatest Gift to the world, we also remember the many individuals and organizations who have been very kind, enthusiastic, supportive, and generous to us ever since we first began.  Thank you to all who are behind us cheering us onward, and a very Merry Christmas to everyone!

Comments

Great work, you have done excellent work with those kids, an dare definitely changing their lives for the better

Jonas's Coins

Level 5

I would join if I went to this school. Unfortunately, I Don't. Also, when is your annual auction?

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Our auction is a couple weeks before school is out each year. School ends at the end of May, so about mid-May. I believe you are probably my son's age so yes, you could join our club if you went to school here. Do you attend a local school where you are? Might sound like an odd question but some ANA members are homeschooled (a few belong to our club). Either way, have you ever thought about starting a coin club with other students? That's how this club got started. My son and I collected coins. One day one of his classmates found out, and was happy to know it because this classmate collected coins too. The next day he brought in a coin to give to my son: a 1943 steel cent. My son came home and showed me and was happy to learn another kid at school liked collecting coins. So I gave my son a 1937 British penny and said to give it to his classmate. That started a trading tornado! Kids were bringing in their coin collections no one knew they all had. Coins were flying everywhere. I was afraid the teacher would get annoyed and make them all stop, so I said "son, if you're going to keep doing this we're going to have to organize it." So we took our ideas to the principal and told her all the benefits (anyone can do it, it helps with history, geography, math, money skills, language arts, etc.). We told her about all the resources available to help us keep it going (the ANA, local clubs, local coin shops, etc.). We told her that we could meet once a month after school in the school library or cafeteria, and we wouldn't make a mess. She liked the idea, so we got started the next month after sending out some flyers to the 3rd-6th grade classes, and my son talking it up with his friends. That was February 2017... we're almost 2 years running now and going strong. We have gone from 13 members to 23. If you decide you want to do this, you probably ought to enlist some adult help you can meet with to plan a few things and help with logistics (getting things arranged). It's great you're already part of the ANA and have contact with other more local numismatic clubs. Make a plan first, then contact them about it and ask for input. I can give you some ideas based on what has worked or not worked for us. Here's the key: If you love numismatics, that's great, and if you're an organized person, that's even better... but you have to like the idea of helping other people have a great club, more than just what you can get out of it. Your adult coordinator has to think that way too: they have to like the students and be ready to have fun with them first, then like numismatics second. Remember to keep it fun for all, not just for you... Mix the super-intense numismatic deep stuff with lighter, fun activities that even beginners who aren't super-serious (yet!) can enjoy.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

This is great. I would love to be involved with something like this.

Mr_Norris_LKNS

Level 4

Do you have a relationship with your local elementary school? Is anyone in your local coin club a parent of elementary kids? That is how it started for me: I wanted to get involved at my son's school and heard some kids were into trading coins. You seem pretty busy with the ISNA. I won't lie, this takes up a lot of my spare time, keeping up with planning meetings, contacting presenters, processing memberships, tracking members' progress, putting together an annual auction, etc. Unless you're retired I don't think I'd recommend trying both your ISNA duties and something like this at the same time. But if you ever decide it's time to try something new...! It's one of the most rewarding things you could do, knowing you're helping kids grow AND promoting an excellent hobby.

Kepi

Level 6

What a great group of kids!...and Teacher too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

CoinLady

Level 6

Happy Christmas to all! Best to you

"SUN"

Level 6

Merry Christmas to all club members and a successful 2019.

Longstrider

Level 6

That is a fantastic card. Thank you for your work with these kids. merry Christmas and happy Holidays to all.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Merry Christmas to You and all your wonderful Numismatic scholars of the future. I applaud all your efforts and wish you an even more successful 2019.

Mike

Level 7

Well that is a great picture. A nice buch of Standard Bearers to carry on the hobby. There also very lucky to have you. Tell them all I wish them all a Merry Christmas. And keep up the good work. I hope they all get what they want. Thanks for that. I have to say it's good to see. Mike

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