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CKI holds drawing for flat screen; proceeds going to charity

03/13/2013

It’s not every day that a person gets the chance to win a 32” Flat Screen LCD TV while helping raise funds for a charitable cause. But this week, Circle K International is giving Jacksonville State University students the chance to do just that.

The funds raised by the drawing will go directly to Reading is Fundamental, a charity whose vision is to encourage a literate America by aiding children who do not have access to books.

“Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States,” states RIF.org. “RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.”

Jacksonville State’s Circle K club had already raised 414 dollars for RIF as of Monday. With a little less than a week to go, the group is working hard to raise more funds and make an impact for the organization.

Tickets for the drawing are 2 dollars for one ticket and 5 dollars for three tickets, and can be purchased from any Circle K member. Circle K will also sell tickets at the TMB on Thursday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drawing will end on March 18.

Circle K is a collegiate chapter of Kiwanis. The JSU chapter is sponsored by the Anniston Kiwanis.

“Circle K is the largest collegiate service organization in the world,” said Junior Jessica Arighi, a member of Circle K. “Here at JSU, we really try to follow our three tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship. We just try to do different service projects within the community.”

Circle K has several service projects in action right now, including the Eliminate Project, a program that funds tetanus shots for pregnant women who otherwise cannot afford it.

At the beginning of every meeting Circle K passes around a large, pink piggy bank to collect spare change in order to raise funds for the Eliminate project, which is a Kiwanis International and UNICEF project.

Circle K is teaming up with Struts to raise funds for Circle K International on Wednesday, March 20 and Wednesday, April 1. On these nights starting at 4 p.m., 10 percent of all Struts’ profits will be donated to Circle K.

For more information about Circle K or Reading Is Fundamental, Circle K holds its meeting biweekly on Mondays at 6:30 p.m in Stone Center room 120.

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