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The North Carolina State chapter of Circle K International joined with their fellow Circle K members from other clubs in the Carolinas and descended on the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw for a day of service. On Friday, September 9, 2012, the students arrived at the Ambassador Camp for a service project briefing and some team-building exercises, and they were ready bright and early Saturday.

“It was great to see more than college students show up for the sole purpose of helping a home for children who have nowhere else to go,” Circle K advisor, Raleigh Kiwanis Club member, and volunteer for the weekend Jeffrey G. Marsocci said. “While the Boys and Girls Home always needs funding to carry out its mission, there are times when they just need people willing to put in hard work to come, roll up their sleeves, and get down to work.”

Many of the projects involved landscaping, cleaning, and repairs. A few groups were in charge of weeding and clearing areas of sticks around the residential and business buildings while other students formed teams to clean windows and touch up painted door trim and walls. After the work was completed, the students were given time to interact with some of the residents as well as run a “College Fair” for the residents to get them interested in higher education.

While rain ended the College Fair a little early, the Circle K members reconvened back at the Ambassador Camp for informal discussions on service projects, conferences, and other club and district activities. The students also had an Italian dinner of pasta with meat sauce and salad prepared by Mr. Marsocci and ended the night with games.

“Large projects like this are extraordinarily important for college students to experience,” Mr. Marsocci said. “While clubs large and small can make an impact at their projects, getting to see a much larger group make a serious impact in a short amount of time is an experience they can take with them into their volunteer lives after graduation, whether it is with Kiwanis or other civic groups.”

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