“The one thing people can’t take away from you is your education.”

Every year, the NY District Governor chooses an initiative for all Circle K clubs in the district to support. District Governor Peony Tse has chosen Empowerment through Education to be this year’s Governor’s Project.

What does Empowerment through Education mean?

“If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day; If you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime” – anonymous

Fundamentally, education is one of the most valuable things we can provide –  monetary and material donations eventually run out, but knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving. Education can break cycles of poverty and unlock access to new resources and opportunities. Education can create freedom.

How can I support the Governor’s Project?

There are several ways to get involved through hands-on service, fundraising/donation, and more.

Hands-on Service

  • Volunteer at your elementary school as a reading buddy for young readers
  • Get involved with a Big Brothers, Big Sisters or other after-school program
  • Create or join a tutoring program with a nearby school district


  • Host a fundraiser to purchase school supplies and books for less-privileged students
  • Setup donation bins at the start and end of the school year for students to donate excess/leftover school supplies

Links to Resources/Organizations


If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you’d like to share, please contact either of the following people:

  • Service Initiatives Committee Chair Kelcie Warren, kelcie.warren@nycirclek.org
  • District Governor Peony Tse, peony.tse@nycirclek.org