Whether it is waking up in the wee hours of a Saturday morning or postponing plans with friends to a later date, Kaleidoscope members find such instances during a weekly routine. Kaleidoscope, a community service-based club at Temple City High School (TCHS), was founded in 1991 before 100 hours of community service became a graduation requirement.
The club, which consists of 70 members, encourages active participation in the community. Their motto, “Do Something” clearly reflects the activities that the club participates in each school year. Kaleidoscope officers put together a wide array of service activities for its members to be involved with, ranging from working at the Camellia Festival, participating and raising money for benefit walks, to collecting canned food for the less fortunate, scouring Eaton Canyon for waste, and cleaning beaches.
Key characteristics such as responsibility, teamwork, leadership, dependability, and volunteerism are just a few values that are focused upon. “Kaleidoscope members not only develop leadership qualities by helping the community, but they also feel a sense of accomplishment and self content after a hard day at work,” vice president Sally Wang said, “Also, Kaleidoscope is non-fee based group and several individuals meet new people and form new bonds each year.”
In this interview, seniors Jessica Dang and Wang share some insight as president and vice president of Kaleidoscope.
What’s unique about Kaleidoscope?
Dang: The unique thing about Kaleidoscope is that it is not a formal social service that requires a lot of time and commitment. Instead, it is a laid back, casual community-service based club.
Is there a main event each year?
Wang: We do not exactly have a main event, but Kaleidoscope does host many large events, such as the canned food drive. Every year around Thanksgiving, late-November, members stand outside of the Ralphs and ask shoppers to donate cans or money to help the needy. Last year, we successfully raised about $200 and a total of 2,000 cans. Other large events include the Camellia Festival and AIDS Walk.
What have you learned as being president of the club?
Dang: As president of the club, I learned that things don’t happen by themselves – you have to make them happen. Also, you can’t do everything alone, you have to learn to be independent enough to be responsible but dependent enough to have a great support system when you need it.
After you graduate, what changes do you hope to see?
Wang: I hope to see Kaleidoscope expand and become much more well-known in both our community as well as the surrounding communities. Being a member of Kaleidoscope is rewarding. Members work hard and I want Kaleidoscope to be well-recognized as a club of dedicated and hardworking individuals. Kaleidoscope has always been club where member are able to meet make new friends, socialize, and enjoy themselves all while benefiting the community. Next year, I hope the club will continue strong.
Are there any upcoming events?
Wang: Recently, the club served as volunteers in the Little Tokyo’s “Cherry Blossom Festival” where they helped with kids crafts. In the near future, you may find some Kaleidoscope members at Eaton Canyon or at Huntington Beach doing what they can to make the world a greener place–one hand at a time.
This article was written by Ivy Vuong. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 24, 2009.