Sumiton students involved in many afterschool activities
by Chris Yow
Oct 03, 2010 | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Sumiton Elementary/Middle School students are enjoying extracurricular activities outside of athletics for the first time thanks to a new clubs program school administrators have put together.

The program allows sixth, seventh and eighth graders to mingle among each other while enjoying activities that are not normally available.

“It’s an opportunity to mix grades up and do something they enjoy with others,” said Principal Deborah Peake.

Amber Freeman headed up the project of getting the clubs started.

“We really felt like the kids needed something to get involved with that wasn’t athletics,” she said. “This is something every kid can participate in.”

Each club is required to do a service project each semester benefiting the community or school.

The art club is making containers for the head start program resembling pumpkins or Frankenstein’s monster.

Other clubs are in planning stages, such as the nature club, who is looking to build bird feeders on the school’s nature trail.

The clubs meet once every three weeks to enjoy activities together as a group.

Some of the clubs feature physical activities, while others are academically based. A dance club meets and focuses on doing a group dance, while a large number of students chose to join the Spanish club, where they will learn basic Spanish language.

The school is seeking a donation from Walmart to obtain supplies, such as disposable cameras for the photography class and supplies for the cooking and technological class.

Students were asked to pay a small fee for the supplies, but most of the supplies are still needed.

Other clubs include crafts, pep, hunting safety, board games, comedy, book and drama clubs.