Bridging the gap between school and community
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Parrsboro Regional High School students Jackie Bradbury (left) and Sarah Colpitts were busy preparing for the school's first-ever club fair on Oct. 5, where students were given the opportunity to join 17 extra-curricular clubs that included volunteer advisors from the community.
PARRSBORO - There's plenty to do at Parrsboro Regional High School, and it's not just about class work.
A number of extra-curricular clubs were launched at the school on Oct. 5 during its first-ever club fair, an event aimed at introducing and engaging students in a variety of different activities.
"We wanted to have a lot more student involvement," explained Sarah Colpitts, president of PRHS Student Council, which organized the club fair. "We wanted to have different clubs because a lot of students don't think there's enough stuff to do within the school.
"A lot of them don't really like school, and we wanted to give them another reason to come to school," she added.
Fifteen new clubs have been added to the school, making 17 in total, ranging from topics of interest such as drama to global issues, French, politics, music, archery, books and bicycling.
Each club has a volunteer advisor from the community outside the school, according to Sarah, who said they would like to see each club "take its own way."
"We also wanted to bridge the gap between the community and the school, because we think the school is really separate from the community," she said. "So that's why we're getting a lot of advisors from the community."
The clubs are open to all students from Grades 7-12, and the council president was hopeful that everyone would find something that interested them. Tables were set up in the lobby of the school on Friday, giving students a chance to learn about the club and meet the advisors.
Response was very positive.
"Every club had someone sign up for it and the students seemed to be really interested in all the different things they could do with them," said Sarah.
Among the advisors were Krista Levy Odlin and Conrad Byers, who said the event provided a great opportunity for members of the community to get more involved with the school.
This is only the start of what will be a new approach from student council, according to Sarah.
"Student council is going to be trying to do more outside of the box this year," she said. "We're really trying to involve the community, and there are going to be times when we need the community to come into our events."