Clubs and Groups
Social skills development and some counseling goals may be addressed more effectively through clubs and group activities like the following:Pal 2 PalPal 2 Pal creates “friendship pairs” matching volunteers with students who might otherwise find it difficult to fully participate in their school’s extra-curricular and social world. Pals are asked to maintain some form of weekly contact with their matches and attend monthly group activities held after school. Pal 2 Pal is an excellent opportunity for student volunteers to learn more about peers with special needs and to “give back” to their school. Volunteer recruitment for Pal 2 Pal begins in September, and students who are matched with a Pal are asked to commit for the school year. Students who are hesitant to commit but are interested in the program are welcome to assist with group activities. Field trips for the 2013-14 school year include a Bike and Hike trip to the Black River Outdoor Education facility's Potato Hill campus in October followed by Snowshoeing in February!Banana SplitsPeer group support through the Banana Splits program reaches out to students who have experienced transition or loss due to parental separation, divorce, death of a significant person, or other serious life change. Groups meet every other week during the students’ lunch periods. Banana Splits groups will start in October. Students are asked to sign up in the Counseling Office if they are interested in joining. At the end of each school year, students who have participated in the group through the year will attend the district-wide Banana Splits Picnic.Comic Book ClubComic Book Club is for students interested in graphic literature, video games, digital animation or similar topics and meets after school every other week. The Club encourages communication and social interaction through fun and shared interests. See Mrs. Porter in the Counseling Office to join. Students are welcome throughout the school year.