Exploring Your Options
Students Get Involved In New Activities During Extracurricular Day
By Ross A. and Jillian M.
Finding an enjoyable activity, hobby or just something that makes you happy is very important for a high school student. No one likes to sit around and twiddle their thumbs for too long. The feeling of finding a passion that you can excel in, the sensation of producing something beautiful while having a good time with friends is like no other.
At The Family Foundation School kids have the opportunity to experience these feelings. Some students find possible future career options just by trying different elective courses in high school, and since FFS is all about bright futures, it offers loads of different extracurricular classes.
Of course, kids at The Family School had some motivation problems at home, so FFS formulated a way to pique students’ interest. It’s called Extracurricular Day.
This semester Extracurricular Day was held on Thursday, June 3, and it was a blast.
Tables were set up in the gym for activities such as soccer, fly fishing, skateboarding, dance, chorus, drama, Boy Scouts, student government, journalism/yearbook, art, cooking class, photography, dog training, Venture Crew, running club, and philosophy class.
Two people were assigned to each table and had decorated their table to make it appealing in order to attract newcomers. Some students created games and others brought their activities right into the gym. Some stands even lured the students with delectable treats. The cooking class made a cake and handed pieces at its table in hopes of getting new students to sign up. “I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friends and preparing our table for the day. I loved eating the cake!” said Lexi R.
Students were given signup sheets and when they found themselves interested in an activity, they added it to their list. They then rated the activities in their order of preference, hoping to get into their favorite. Students are now waiting to see whether their top choice shows up on their schedule next semester.
It takes a lot of hard work to set up a day like this and student government plays a big role in making the event possible. Student government vice president, Karen S., and representative Erica C., devoted a lot of time and effort to make this day an exciting experience for the whole school. “I think Extracurricular Day is very beneficial. There are a lot of new students at the school right now and most of them are aware of all the extracurricular courses the school has to offer,” said Karen.
The students spent a little over two hours exploring all the possibilities, but they weren’t just walking from stand to stand. They were also walking for all the snacks up for grabs in the Cake Walk!
The Cake Walk took place on stage during the event. Music was played as each house came up for the “walk,” stepping into a series of multi-colored hoolahoops placed in a circle. When the music stopped, Kurt Hock, who, along with student government adviser Chris Stein, coordinated the event, yelled out a color and the student standing in the hoop of that color received two tasty snacks—Ho-ho’s, Oatmeal Cream Pies, or Twinkies.
For the two semesters Hock has been helping out with Extracurricular Day by being the Cake Walk MC. “I am one hundred percent about fun and there’s no time that I have more of it than when I’m doing the Cake Walk with all The Family School students,” said Hock.
Once the event was over, everyone helped clean up, the leftover snacks were taken care of, and people went to eat dinner, waiting to see what excitement was in store for them next semester.