The following story was published in Issue 1 of The Paolite, 2017.
Clubs are a great way for students to be able to be involved in things they are passionate about and find other people with the same interests. This year, there are two new clubs for students to be involved in. One is a sewing club and the other is the Junior Humane Society club.
The new sewing club is sponsored by FACS teacher Debbie Andry. Called “Sew You Can”, this club will help students learn the basics of sewing. There are currently 24 students who have signed up for the club, and Andry hopes the students will walk away with a feeling of accomplishment and want to keep serving the community.
In the club, students will learn techniques in sewing which could be used throughout your life. The students will make pillowcases and blankets for the Orange County Police Department and the Division of Children Services. These pieces will be given to children who are living in a crisis, and will hopefully help to comfort them.
“I have a passion for sewing and for children, so I decided to put the two passions together and sew for kids who are in distressing circumstances. These children are often taken from their homes with little to nothing. I believe a pillowcase or a blanket would bring them some comfort during these times. I want us as a community to reach out to suffering children and let them know they are cared about,” said Andry.
The other new club focuses on helping animals and is sponsored by journalism teacher Heather Nichols. The second new club is called the Junior Humane Society, and there are over 100 students who have signed up for the club. The purpose of the club is to raise funds and help support the local Orange County Humane Society.
Over the summer, Nichols worked at the Humane Society and saw firsthand how easy it is for people to help out at the shelter. Nichols wants the students to learn how to give back to their community. There will be trips to the shelter and monthly collections of items that can help the shelter operate.
“Anyone can help or support our project. We hope to make a difference with the projects,” said Nichols.
If anyone is interested in participating in either one of these clubs, contact the sponsors or attend a meeting.
Story by Haley owens