By Rob Novit
April 21, 2014
The Aiken Kiwanis Club will host its benefit Tricycle Races at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Wednesday, May 7, but some people may not be fully aware where the donations go.
The sponsorships from businesses and individuals support Kiwanis programs that bring young people together for community outreach.
The Circle K club is a national college-level program that has been an entrenched part of the USC Aiken campus since 1995. Dr. Deidre Martin heads that program and coordinates others for younger students.
Silver Bluff High School and Midland Valley High School have Key Club chapters – just one of the Kiwanis family of service organizations in addition to Circle K – while Leavelle McCampbell Middle School offers a Builders chapter.
Circle K remains a strong club on campus, Martin said.
“Our students work with ACTS on Saturday mornings,” she said. “They are involved with Helping Hands and Christ Central, and also hold blood drives on campus. Circle K is one of the great joys of my life.”
Diamond Herbert, the current president, was looking for something to do, and after attending a Circle K meeting as a freshman, she never left. Club members visit Leavelle McCampbell to encourage students there, she said.
Tammy Davis served as a Circle K member about 10 years ago. A native of Hampton, she was introduced to community service when she started Junior Missions at her church.
When Davis arrived at USCA, “I found a group of college kids with the same interests,” she said. “It was a group that I can be a part of. We had a network of friends who cared about the community and fellowship.”
She is still giving back through her full-time work as the Project Vision director with the United Way of Aiken County.
“I still keep contact with the Circle K club, going to their meetings,” Davis said.
Silver Bluff’s Key Club members volunteer each year to help the Kiwanis Club at the Tricycle Races, said advisor Meredith Dandridge. She and club members feel they should help their “K-Family” in any way they can.
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard’s education reporter and has been with the newspaper since September 2001. He is a native of Walterboro and majored in journalism at the University of Georgia.
• Event: The Aiken Kiwanis Club’s Tricycle Races benefit
• Times and location: The races will take place at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center on Wednesday, May 7. Registration is at 3:30 p.m., followed by the races at 4 p.m.
• Businesses or individuals (including parents) can sponsor children, ages 3-8. Business sponsorships range from $50 to $500. Individuals can sponsor a child for a $30 donation. For more information, contact Deidre Martin at 641-3448.
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