By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader

Kids experience the pleasures of painting – and pizza – at Kiwanis class

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Lynn Szafran helps her 5 year-old daughter, Madalyn, paint a canvas at the Kiawanis Pizza and Paint fundraiser on Sunday in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school cafeteria in Swoyersville.
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Evelyn Saltz, 10, works on a painting at the Kiwanis Pizza and Paint event.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Amy Isenberg, 11, works on her painting at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School on Sunday.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
Jeanmarie Williams helps her 7-year-old daughter, Isabell, paint a turtle.
Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

The Kiwanis Club of Swoyersville held a ‘Paint and Pizza’ program inside the cafeteria of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish hall on Sunday, with a goal of raising funds to help the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association.

For $15, 16 children aged 5 and up attended with a parent or guardian, chose a canvas and supplies and created a personal masterpiece while enjoying pizza and ice cream.

Kathy Breznay, Kiwanis Club secretary, helped with the event with her husband, Gene.

“This was a new project thought up from one of our new members,” Kathy said. “We looked to give children a bit of creativity along with time with their families.”

The event was open to families through the region, and children were offered a choice between a “happy frog,” “friendly turtle” or “gazing cat.”

As the children dove into working with their paints, brushes and sponges, Tracey Keating watched her daughter, Christina, 11, add some artistic flair to her feline portrait.

A Swoyersville native, Keating said the event was a nice way to bring children and families together, and that she enjoys attending various programs put on throughout the year by the borough’s Kiwanis Club.

“It’s a nice, fun activity — nice mother-daughter time,”Keating said, explaining they chose a cat because they have a cat at home. “It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon together and to bring locals and the community together.”

Breznay said the club decided to assist the Children’s Association because surrounding communities such as Luzerne and Forty Fort don’t have a Kiwanis Club, and they wanted to incorporate those communities into their projects.

“The WVCA is located in Forty Fort, and since we put on a children’s program, we wanted to give to a children’s organization,” she said.

Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert also attended the event, taking pictures of the families painting together.

Concert, who recently joined the Kiwanis Club himself, said it was a fun event that he hopes to see more of.

“They’re a very good group of people to work with,” he said of the members, noting he participated in a bowling event recently.

The Kiwanis Club assists in funding programs and events for children in the community, including softball and mini football. The club is working on a “reading in the park” event, as well as their annual “Trunk-or-Treat” in the fall.

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By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader

Lynn Szafran helps her 5 year-old daughter, Madalyn, paint a canvas at the Kiawanis Pizza and Paint fundraiser on Sunday in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school cafeteria in Swoyersville.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL061316Paint1-1.jpgLynn Szafran helps her 5 year-old daughter, Madalyn, paint a canvas at the Kiawanis Pizza and Paint fundraiser on Sunday in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton school cafeteria in Swoyersville. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Evelyn Saltz, 10, works on a painting at the Kiwanis Pizza and Paint event.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL061316Paint2-1.jpgEvelyn Saltz, 10, works on a painting at the Kiwanis Pizza and Paint event. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Amy Isenberg, 11, works on her painting at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School on Sunday.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL061316Paint3-1.jpgAmy Isenberg, 11, works on her painting at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School on Sunday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

Jeanmarie Williams helps her 7-year-old daughter, Isabell, paint a turtle.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_TTL061316Paint4-1.jpgJeanmarie Williams helps her 7-year-old daughter, Isabell, paint a turtle. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
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