Circle K & the Teddy Bear Parade

October 04, 2013
Hakeem Mohammed ’14

Members of Circle K International gathered in Miller Park in Lynchburg, VA, on September 21 to participate in the community’s involvement in the positive reinforcement of children.  Circle K International members from Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Hampden-Sydney College helped with the preparation and staging of the 2013 Teddy Bear Parade sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg. Circle K Members had to do a variety of jobs: filling up helium balloons, registering in specific categories children with their bears, making sure every child had candy and a balloon, and leading the children in the parade around the park. Before the parade commenced, the children were allowed to tour a fire truck.  The service provided the members with a sense of satisfaction as they catered to the needs of the children.

Circle K MembersContests consisted of judging by categories such as Anything Bear, Best Dressed Bear, Patriotic Bear, Mobile Bear, and Best Friend Bear. The winners of each category were chosen on whose bear best fit in the category. The grand prize was selected through a random drawing of a child’s name from a hat holding the names of the children who participated in the parade. The prizes consisted of bookstore gift cards ranging from $25.00-$50.00.  The children could also take pictures with Circle K members dressed in giant teddy bear, Smokey the Bear, and Spider-Man costumes along with firefighters and police officers from the community.

We also met H-SC alumni, Maxwell Meavor ’58 (second from left)and Paul Tulane Patterson ’78 (far right).