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USAO chapter of Circle K International seeks to make a substantial difference in community


Members of the USAO chapter of Circle K International paint the house of a low-income family in Chickasha

USAO chapter of Circle K International seeks to make a substantial difference in community

 

Students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma now have the opportunity to be a member of Circle K International, the world’s largest collegiate community service and leadership development organization.

Officially chartered during the 2016 fall term, USAO’s chapter of Circle K International has already undertaken several projects to help the region that supports them. In September, members painted a house for a low-income family. They have also participated in a campaign to send holiday cards to hospitalized veterans, as well as helping in clean-up efforts after the recent wildfires in central Oklahoma. They have reached out to local animal shelters and Adopt-a-Highway programs to set up future projects.

“It’s hugely important that college students get real volunteer experience in the community as part of their overall education,” said Tristan Reagan, USAO’s Circle K International president. “Currently, we have about a dozen regular members, but we have seen a great deal of interest as we’ve gotten the word out about what we do. I’ve been encouraged by the support we’ve gotten so far, and I expect to see our membership grow substantially over the next few trimesters.”

The club meets Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in Station 82 in the USAO Student Center.

“The opportunities that our students will have through Circle K International will not just be another bullet on a resume—they will be critical character-building experiences that help each student grow as a young adult,” said Dr. Kevin Crow, professor of history and club sponsor for the USAO chapter of Circle K International.

Circle K International began in 1936 as a Kiwanis club service project to provide an opportunity for capable, ambitious and worthy young people to attend college through scholarships and part-time employment. The community service element was soon added and the organization quickly grew to become the largest collegiate service organization in the world, with more than 13,700 participants on 500 campuses in 17 nations.