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Bentley College Circle K Students Receive Award from Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens

December 1, 1999


WALTHAM, Mass. - Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens (GWARC) presented students in Bentley College Circle K organization with the 1999 Volunteer of the Year award, in honor of members? community service at the Waltham Boys and Girls Club. Along with the award, Circle K also received a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Circle K is a college service organization that is founded on the three principles of service, leadership, and fellowship. Nearly every Saturday during the academic year, members of Bentley College Circle K go to the Boys and Girls Club in Waltham to spend time with children with and without disabilities doing arts and crafts, playing basketball or using the computer. In addition to programs at the Boys and Girls Club, the college's chapter sponsors numerous projects on and off-campus, such as a soup kitchen in Harvard Square, story time at the Waltham Public Library, tutoring at the Salvation Army, and Members also frequently travel to other colleges to participate in projects all over New England.

"For several years, members of the Bentley College Circle K have volunteered in GWARC recreational programs, and they have been great," said Betsy Wadland, director of Marketing and Development at GWARC. "Our goal is to give children with disabilities the chance to be part of an inclusive program with children without disabilities. Circle K volunteers have played an integral role in getting all of the kids involved in activities, and we wanted to recognize their efforts with the Volunteer of the Year Award."

"We are very proud of the work that our members put forth for the GWARC program," said Paul McLaughlin, a junior at Bentley and president of Circle K at Bentley. "Although the GWARC program only represents a fraction of the community service that Circle K provides, it demonstrates our dedication to all of our endeavors.

"This year our club has the highest service goal of the New England chapters, 2,500 hours, and I am confident that we will reach our goal," McLaughlin said. "In addition to community service, we also hold many fundraising events for our two charities, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute and Iodine Deficiency Disorders. We plan to raise $2,000 this year."

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