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A ‘Super’ day for cleaning up CK

Olympic High School students walk down Fairgrounds Road, picking up roadside litter as part of CK Super Saturday. - Photo by Kassie Korich
Olympic High School students walk down Fairgrounds Road, picking up roadside litter as part of CK Super Saturday.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Hundreds of them lined the streets, armed with gloves, trash bags and a sense of pride in their community.

A rainy Saturday afternoon couldn’t keep more than 600 Central Kitsap School District students from participating in the 11th annual CK Super Saturday. From John Carlson Road to Newberry Hill, students in grades seven through 12 took a few hours out of their weekend to pick up roadside litter in an effort to better the neighborhoods surrounding their schools.

“I like how we can help the county by keeping it clean,” said Olympic High School senior RubyAnne Encomienda, shortly before venturing down Fairgrounds Road. “It gives you that good feeling that you’ve helped.”

Donning bright yellow T-shirts, students picked all of the litter in their paths, everything from cigarette butts to fast food trash. Each year students often come across larger items dumped on the side of the road including tires, kitchen appliances and even a desk.

“It’s pretty consistent each year which is really sad,” said Blanche Saladino, event coordinator and career/guidance counselor at Olympic High School.

CK Super Saturday is not only a way for students to better the community they live in, but also to come together and work as a team.

“With so many junior high and high schools, we don’t get an opportunity to come together often,” Saladino said.

The event is truly community-oriented with involvement by East Bremerton Rotarians, Central Kitsap Kiwanis and local business sponsors. As students filled their garbage bags, East Bremerton Rotarians picked up the loaded bags and took them to a large 30-yard trash bin donated by Waste Management.

“I like (CK Super Saturday) because it helps the community and it’s cool to see how the whole district cleans up the roads,” said Jaiana Pananganan, a ninth-grader at Fairview Junior High School.

“It feels good that you’re doing something for the community,” added fellow Fairview ninth-grader Curtis Reeve.

After cleaning up CK for a couple of hours, students were treated to a barbecue at Silverdale Waterfront Park. CK Kiwanis helped cook up hundreds of hot dogs with the help of school board members,.

Students in the district student senate plan the event months in advance, learning valuable organizational and leadership skills along the way.

“It’s really hard work ... but we did great this year,” said Kimberly Sison, chairperson of the district student senate and student coordinator for CK Super Saturday.

The event was started by Mona Swanson, who is now assistant principal at Klahowya Secondary School, as a way for students to give back to the community.

“It’s a really awesome event,” Saladino said. “We have awesome kids.”

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