By Alexandra LaRocca
Do you enjoy helping others? Do you want to become more active in the community? Why not get involved and become a part of Circle K? The club was created in 2008, when Kristin Leverone, now a senior Earth Science Adolescent Education major, had the vision of uniting C.W. Post students with the community through fun and rewarding service activities. “ After being a part of the high school level of Circle K, Key Club, I knew that I had to start a Circle K at C.W. Post so that I could show others how much fun service is and the friendships that can be made,” explains Leverone.
Since its charter two years ago, Circle K has been successful in raising awareness and funds for various charities and organizations. Throughout the school year, students actively participate in raising money and awareness through walks and fundraisers for various causes such as Walk for Autism, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Light the Night Walk that supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This past October, members volunteered at the Glen Cove St. Christopher Ottilie, where they worked with children with special needs, decorating pumpkins and coloring Halloween cards. Circle K participates in a yearly weekend service trip where students volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Pennsylvania. Throughout the weekend, students cook breakfast and dinner for the families staying at the house. Later in the day students volunteer at Paxton Ministries, a home for the mentally challenged, where they interact with residents by playing games and cooking lunch. Some highlights of the weekend are visiting Hershey’s Chocolate World and theme park, while also eating out at Sonic and Dairy Queen.
“ I know that they do a lot off-campus, but I wish they did more on campus,” explains Marissa Santomaso, a junior Public Relations major. Aside from Bowling For A Cause, done with the commuter Student Association there have not been many programs done on campus.
Being a part of Circle K gives students a unique experience, allowing them the opportunity to complete service projects with other Circle K members on Long Island as well as across the country. Through the Long Island Chapter of Circle K, students attend Gala Ball’s to raise money for Unicef, pediatric kits for ambulances and other foundations.
Circle K’s current president Veronica Mirenda, a senior Marketing major, has been involved with the club from its start in 2008, where she was responsible for the Public Relations. “Circle K has been a great opportunity for me to serve others, meet new people and really network,” explains Mirenda.
Circle K meets every Tuesday at 5 pm at the Interfaith Center. If interested in learning more or attending events contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome!