Opinion

CK Super Saturday a benefit for all

Now in its 11th year, CK Super Saturday continues to benefit the community, making it a better place to live.

Thank you to the many students who filled enough bags of litter to fill a giant 30-yard trash bin. On a typical, drizzly Northwest afternoon, you took time out of your weekend to beautify Central Kitsap. We all benefit from the work you did and you should feel proud.

It seems as though litter is a never-ending problem, but all it takes is a little community pride and a couple hours of hard work to make a difference.

These students were not only out there helping to make Central Kitsap a little cleaner, they were learning how to serve their community. They’ve already started on a path of public service; one that may continue for years to come. These may one day be the leaders of our community, volunteering their time as members of local organizations and service clubs.

“I think any time you can get children out to do community service, it’s a wonderful thing,” said Central Kitsap School District Superintendent Greg Lynch. “They learn what it’s about to serve.”

Besides learning lifelong skills and the benefits of serving their community, these students learn about teamwork, planning and what camaraderie is all about.

It was a damp, cloudy day, but their smiles were almost as bright as their T-shirts as they walked up and down hills and trudged through ditches with cars whisking by them on the wet roads.

Many of the students were able to find the fun in picking up roadside litter. For some each year, it becomes a competition of who can find the largest items on the side of the road and surprisingly they usually find items such as tires or even stoves.

It’s not a glamourous job, but local students made the most of the day, because they knew they were contributing to their community.

Like any major event, it takes months of preparation to plan CK Super Saturday. A student planning committee spent many Tuesday afternoons planning for the event, contacting businesses for sponsorships and fund-raising.

To the students who planned this year’s event, the students who took to the streets and the volunteers who helped make it a success, it was another job well done.

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