With the new school year comes ample opportunities for students to break out of their shells and become leaders on campus. On Club Day, club leaders frantically set up their boards, busted out their snacks, and put on a friendly smile hoping to attract new members. But with all the chaos, what cool new clubs […]
With the new school year comes ample opportunities for students to break out of their shells and become leaders on campus. On Club Day, club leaders frantically set up their boards, busted out their snacks, and put on a friendly smile hoping to attract new members. But with all the chaos, what cool new clubs might you have missed? The Talon sat down with three brand new clubs who want to make their voices heard on campus.
Reading? For fun? Many gasp at the thought. Students who actually enjoy reading are far and few between. However, Queenie Lee (’19) and Gabrielle Downey (’19) hope to change that.
“Queenie and I bond over reading a lot,” Gabby said. “We really love to read and wanted to create a place where people can get together and talk about the books they love.”
These days, reading for fun is a dying hobby. I can go online for hours on end and be blasted by an endless feed of news, new video games, and tweets. Even for students who are enthusiastic about the club, the sheer thought of reading on top of school work and other obligations can seem time consuming. However, the girls are not delusional about the time commitment many students fear and have found a promising solution.
“Even I find it hard to make time for reading,” Gabby confessed.
“I felt like a 400 or 500 page book would be too much for people so from the beginning we set a limit on how pages a book can be. It can’t be more than 300 or so pages.” Queenie said.
But the girls are optimisticthat they will find students who love reading as much as them.
“I think one of the great things about this club is that we are part of a community,” Queenie says. “Reading, by itself, is great, but having a group of people to talk to about that book is even better.”
Book Club meets on the first Falcon Flex of the month in Mrs. Wanket’s Room 207.
Social Justice Club
In the aftermath of the dumpster fire known as the 2016 election, many new political clubs have popped up around campus. One of these clubs is not based in partisan bickering, but is hoping to rally all students around causes people of all perspectives can agree upon.
“Our meetings are open to people from all sides of the political spectrum. We aren’t focused on a political idea. Our energy is going to be put into helping people through service,” said Jules Fuhs (‘18).
Mia Nieves (‘18) jumped in saying, “I’m a liberal, but I do not think it’s right to judge people for their political views. Everyone has their opinions and it is important to respect them as people, regardless of their beliefs. Lets move past the differences and do something.”
Kate Donovan (‘18), one third of the club’s leadership, elaborated upon Mia’s words and laid out a vision for the club’s future.
“We want to do morethan just talk. Helping out in the Oak Park community and working at the Sac Food Bank are some of our plans. We want to help lower income communities.”
On top of organizing students to help out our local community, these three ambitious seniors are planning even bigger events.
“We want to start a Social Justice week where students can have some fun at lunch,” Mia says. “We want to get a good speaker who can talk about an interesting topic.”
“Someone inspiring and with a powerful message,” Jules added. “We want people to learn something, but also for the speaker to tell their story.”
Like Book Club, Social Justice Club will be meeting at Falcon Flex in Ms. Chadbourne’s Room 706.
Random Acts of Kindness Club
“The world is at a weird place right now with a lot of negative stuff. I think we need to take small steps towards spreading kindness and the first step is right here at school. You gotta start somewhere,” Alexi Angel (‘19) tells the Talon. “Daily motivation. People need to know that they are loved and people care about them.”
Alexi’s club, also lead by Max Bonini (’19), Evan Recanzone (19′), and Samantha Treas (19′), is seeking to give students and teachers the appreciation they deserve. However, Alexi doesn’t want to make the clubs plans too obvious to the public.
“We want to keep our plans for the club a little mysterious. If we tell people what we plan to do, then it will take the randomness out of the club. Keeping people wondering what will happen next is part of the club.”
I went to the club’s first meeting and it was packed. Mrs. Spinelli’s 30 or so desks were all filled and another 10 students were standing in the back or walking around. That’s great turnout for a new club.
“I think everyone wants to spread kindness,” Alexi explained. “You know, some clubs you have to be a part of a fandom, or have to have a particular skill. But here, everyone can relate to our message. Being nice and loving one other is the goal and its one that is universal.”
The Random Acts of Kindness Club meets in Mrs. Spinelli’s Room 206 during Falcon Flex.