Circle K kicks off annual Wish Week to raise funds

Casey McCauley – Features Editor

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The week of April 10 marked the start of Circle K’s annual Wish Week, and as usual, the volunteer service organization has succeeded Clarion University students’ expectations.

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In an effort to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation, a nationwide organization that works to raise enough money to grant a wish for children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions, Circle K has set up a week-long schedule of activities.

Students and community members were invited to form teams to compete against one another.

Monday, April 10 kicked off the Family Feud games in the Gemmell MPR, with teams of up to five people, and a Zumbathon following the next day on Tuesday, April 11.

A volleyball tournament was held on Wednesday, April 12 in the Student Recreation Center on Court 1, with the week’s events coming to a close with a scheduled dodgeball tournament on April 13.

Every event has a fee of $5 per person and is held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with registration starting at 5:45 p.m. each day. A raffle will be held giving away Wish Week T-shirts, gift baskets and gift cards.

Circle K is a collegiate branch of Kiwanis, an international community service organization that works alongside other branches in 80 nations to serve a wide variety of community service projects, with Wish Week being its most popular event.

Wish Week began in 2014 as a single dodgeball tournament, Dodge for Wishes, but after its success and large partipation among students, then Circle K president, Tori Eisley, decided to expand the event into a four-day event of sports tournaments the following year.

This is Jazzmine Harris’ third year being involved in Wish Week, and now as acting president, she is in charge of events.

“My favorite thing about Wish Week is that we raise money to help people that are battleing something that takes over their life and being able to make them smile and happy for a day literally makes all the work worth it,” said Harris.

Circle K’s goal for this year’s Wish Week is to raise enough funds to to grant a child a wish.

Anyone who has questions or is looking to volunteer for future Wish Week events, email Circle K at circlek@clarion.edu, check out the Wish Week Facebook page @wishweekclarion or come to Circle K meetings every Thursday at 6 p.m. in 250/252 Gemmell Student Complex.

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