After-school clubs Photo Gallery

Crafty from the comfort of home. Historian Samantha Mills instructed club members how to make origami swans as their club activity. The club is mostly a hands-on type of club, so the Covid-19 guidelines have affected them heavily. “We can not supply our members with tea, or the supplies for our crafts and it’s harder for us to teach our members specific things like crocheting through s computer screen,” Mills said.
Signs of a good time. With the school not ready for a complete reopening, ASL Club president Vandana Sreekumar and the rest of the club are staying virtual for their club’s meeting. The ASL club has had some difficulties, especially technical ones, when it came to the shift from communicating face-to-face, to communicating through a computer screen, however their goals, despite all of these changes, have not changed at all. “The message we are trying to communicate is that we’re trying to express and educate others of the fun of American Sign Language as well as educate others about deaf culture, in a fun and safe environment,” Sreekumar said.
Still united although miles away. Even though their club cannot meet in person due to the social distancing guidelines put in place to stop the spread Covid-19, the Disabled + Abled United Club members, along with their president Alina Caro, meet virtually. The club’s plans for the year consisted of in-person volunteer services and meeting face-to-face with guest speakers that got canceled; however, it is still moving forward with safe club activities and effective communication. “We plan to have guest speakers speak at meetings through Teams,” Caro said. “And we can also have regular discussions on Teams like we would in person.”
Faithful at a distance. The First Priority Club is sharing the hope of Christ, except they are not doing it face-to-face this year, they are spreading their faith, along with their co president Eden Wright, via Zoom meetings. Schools are progressively reopening, but it has not moved as far as allowing large gatherings like a club, and virtual meetings are a bit more difficult than in-person meetings. “It is a bit more challenging because you have the muting and unmuting of the mics and sometimes you have bad internet connection, which makes it more difficult to run meetings than in earlier years,” Wright said.
A helping hand. Even while socially distancing at home, mentor leader Morgan Reid is facetime her freshman mentees to make sure that their adjustment to high school is going smoothly. “I want freshmen to succeed because it’s important for everyone to have a chance at success, and if I can give someone that chance, then I’m more than happy to do so.” Reid said. Mentors like Reid are continuing to aid and give advice to new students who need a little guidance with these troubling times, through whatever means of contact their mentees are the most comfortable with, of which includes FaceTime.

Photos by: Ashante Anderson

Posted on: Dec 19th

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