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Kiwanis and Youth Clubs Work Together for Kiwanis One Day - by Richard Orr, Kiwanis Club of Tierrasanta

Once a year Kiwanis Clubs and their sponsored youth groups join together and do a work project on a day designated by Kiwanis International as a day of global community service. For Kiwanis One Day this year the Kiwanis Clubs of Division 21, including  Tierrasanta, joined with their sponsored youth groups- middle school Builders Club, high school Key Clubs, college age Circle K Clubs and other volunteers to work together on April 1st. The site was Mission Trails Regional Park and the project was restoring the natural habitat along a section of the San Diego River.

With the heavy rains during the first three months of this year, a considerable amount of debris had washed down river. With park rangers Mel Naidas, Heide Gutknecht, and Julie Aeilts the adult and youth volunteers worked along the river. What was collected, bagged, and removed ranged from soccer balls to plastic bottles to styrofoam containers- even a lady’s purse which was eight years old.

Kiwanis Club members from Tierrasanta, Kearny Mesa, Grantville-Allied Gardens, Clairemont Hills, and Torrey Pines were present. Represented were young people from the Lewis Middle School Builders Club, Patrick Henry Key Club, and a good number from Serra Key Club. Also, there were quite a few volunteers from the SDSU Circle K Club.

A big thanks to all who were involved with this year’s Kiwanis One Day. It was a gorgeous day along the San Diego River. Consider joining in next year with this good community service project in the beautiful MTRP environment. 

Link to the Kiwanis Club of Tierrasanta website.




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