Allen Pham


INGLEWOOD, California; November 21st, 2015 –– Students in the Los Angeles region of Circle K International (CKI) recently participated in a campus beautification project for Albert Monroe Magnet Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, as a continuation of the projects already occurring at the middle school. This project emphasizes Circle K’s Metro Divisional focus on helping impact the local community through beautification and restoration efforts throughout LA County. The University of Southern California’s club of CKI hosted the event with assistance from UCLA Circle K Large-Scale Service Coordinator Ranee Lee, District Service Committee member Lily Lequang, and Metro Lieutenant Governor Josef Madrigal, students from University of California, Los Angeles.

This event was designed to help reinvigorate the campus environment at Monroe Middle School. With the help of over seventy volunteers, Metro Division of CKI was able to successfully paint a brand new mural at the school’s sixth grade learning center. Neil Gaiman’s famous quote, “A book is a dream you hold in your hands,” was the focal point of the painted wall. CKI members who designed the mural hoped to use the quote to inspire Monroe’s students to strive for excellence not only in their academics, but also in their community through service and spirit.

Monroe Middle School Principal Brent Tilley stated, “Whenever there’s a beautification project, it sends a message to the students, parents, teachers, and community overall that we’re maintaining a facility t lets us know that we have high expectations for the students and also that we have pride in what we do as well as in our campus.” Further, by reinvigorating the school campus, this project also exemplifies the main mission of the Kiwanis family and organization — “Serving the Children of the World.”

The cooperation with the students of Monroe Middle School to repaint campus structures is a commitment to CKI’s belief in fostering a healthy environment where children can be inspired to change the world through service, and where our members can in return learn to be positive role models for today’s youth while developing professional and leadership skills beyond their campuses.

Circle K International is the largest collegiate community service organization in the world. Founded in 1934, Circle K members strive to improve their communities through the three basic tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship. The Metro Division of the  California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Circle K International is comprised of over 400 students across six college and university clubs throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.