Club Feature: Kaleidoscope Strives to Improve Local Community

On May 21, Kaleidoscope held its annual trash-picking event at Eaton Canyon.

Written by DANNY TSANG / Published May 27, 2011 

Founded in 1992, the Kaleidoscope Club at Temple City High School has been actively reaching out to the community.

“We aim not only to give back to our community, but also to help people who are in need,” President Stephanie Tran said. “We focus on helping students develop skills such as responsibility, leadership, dependability, and teamwork.”

As an organization, the club plans to grow and thrive in the future. It hopes to improve the community by stressing the value of providing aid to those who are less fortunate.

On Saturday, May 21, the club demonstrated its commitment to make the world a brighter place to live by hiking up to Eaton Canyon and cleaning up the environment by picking up trash.

In addition to collecting waste, the club has also actively participated in both “AIDS Walk Los Angeles” and “Walk Now” for Autism Speaks Orange County.

During the Thanksgiving Holidays, the club hosted its own canned food drive. It donated over 600 pounds of canned and non-perishable foods to the L.A. food bank to make sure the people living in the community will have something to eat during Thanksgiving.

The club also donated lots of clothing to the Salvation Army to ensure that people who are in dire need of clothes will survive the winter months.

“In the winter, we collected and donated over $1200 worth of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, and household goods,” President Tran said.

The club has taken part in Temple City’s annual “Lights On Temple City,” in which the city celebrates Christmas, and it has also played a role in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses by decorating the Rose Floats with the Phoenix Decorating Company, while helping to refurbish the Arcadia Methodist Hospital Nursery as well.

Kaleidoscope Club may seem like an average club in the eyes of other community service-oriented clubs, but it sets itself apart from other clubs in many ways.

“Kaleidoscope might not be the most prestigious outside of Temple City,” David Tran said. “But its actions and motivation to do something for the community is what makes Kaleidoscope stand out as an individual club.”

Kaleidoscope Club meets at Temple City High School every Wednesday during lunch in room 405.

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