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California Scholarship Federation makes changes to Project Lit and monthly events

As the new CSF service season begins, officers are implementing new ways to revamp the club.

Entering its 44th year of service, California Scholarship Federation officers are looking to revitalize the club through two primary structural changes in Project Lit and monthly themed events.

“CSF is sometimes at a disadvantage because freshmen can only join second semester,” treasurer junior Linda Xia said. “But because of this cleaning up of the club, we’re hoping to attract more members.”

Project Lit

Like in previous years, Project Lit, short for Project Literature, will still be CSF’s overarching, long-term outreach program.

The two Project Lit officers senior Amy Tsai and junior Michelle Li, as well as other CSF officers, work in collaboration with the international organization, Room to Read which strives to eradicate illiteracy in third world nations and reduce gender disparity in education. Room to Read aims to not only provide children in these nations with necessary supplies such as books and school supplies, but also teaches learning skills, which instill a passion for reading and a desire to pursue higher education.

Unlike previous years, besides offering an international outreach program, Project Lit is looking to reach out to local schools. In the coming months, CSF and its members will partner with underprivileged elementary schools in downtown San Jose and beyond to further their community impact. Besides direct book donations to these schools, Project Lit will also donate the money raised during its book fairs, where CSF sells member-donated books.

According to Project Lit officer Li,, a new community approach would be beneficial in garnering new members.

“Members will see a more tangible impact as a result of their donations, as opposed to far-off changes in third world countries,” Li said.

Monthly themed events

Since CSF’s conception, officers have posted volunteer events on the website on a weekly basis. Like many other service clubs at MVHS, there was no common theme running through these service activities.

This year, officers plan to focus on particular service areas for each month. Each month will have one theme, such as the environment such as tree planting, community events such as the Diwali and Cherry Blossom Festival or educational service events such as volunteering at elementary schools. Depending on that month’s theme, officers will post events related to the theme.

With themed months, Xia believes that CSF will have a more organized purpose to its service.

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