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Cindy Conover Dashnaw | May 23, 2018

Krystene Carreon of California State University-Sacramento cleans school lockers.

“Large” takes on new meaning when you’re planning a large-scale service project for the biggest district in Circle K International.

The California-Nevada-Hawaii District takes creative steps to spread its impact and involve as many of its 3,200 CKI members as possible. In California, the district first splits into DLSSP North and DLSSP South, then each takes on three different service projects.

In February, 160 volunteers with DLSSP North spent 1,000 hours at three schools in Oakland, California. 

A group of 70 Circle K members helped teachers at East Oakland Pride Elementary, a school that prepares its students to become “passionate problem-solvers.” CKI members also tended to the school’s garden and reorganized its equipment shed, and many wrote encouraging letters to students.

At Roosevelt Middle School, where students are preparing to be community leaders, 70 CKI volunteers set good examples by beautifying the garden, cleaning classrooms, laminating hallway passes and organizing bulletin boards.

Roots International Academy is a middle school serving a diverse student population. Twenty CKI volunteers shared their creativity by painting small murals and inspirational quotes of their choice around the campus.

For DLSSP South, 310 CKI members split up to help improve sites in Garden Grove, La Quinta and Santa Anna, California.

CKI volunteers painted the apartment complex at the Thomas House Family Shelter, then delighted 32 children by assembling new bikes for them. A second group of CKI members cleaned up the campus and sports fields at La Quinta High School, and a third weeded 2.5 acres of land and prepared meals for residents at Veterans First OC, where military vets provide services and housing for other veterans.

Braden Lem, a 2017–18 external relations chair for the district, says CKI members enjoy seeing visible results from their work. 

“One of the club members calls it ‘selfish selflessness,’ because you help others out and you feel good about doing it,” he says. “It feels good to be able to get out and help others in the community, since we spend most of our time focusing on academics.”

CKI members from the California-Nevada-Hawaii District participate in a large-scale service project event.

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