April 18, 2019

Starting a School Club for Elementary Students

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How Kids Can Start a School Club

Is your child a natural-born leader? Does your child have a special interest or passion to share with others? Could your child benefit from more structured social interactions?

If you answered yes to one of these questions, then starting a school club might be just the opportunity your child is ready for. With guidance and support, your child can start a school club, cultivate leadership skills, and have fun in the process. Here are five tips to get your child started.

(While high schools and some middle schools have a formal
process for starting extracurricular clubs, many elementary and middle schools do
not. Use these guidelines to help your K-8 child start a new school club.)

Make the Suggestion

In a casual conversation, mention the idea of starting a
school club to your child. You can explain that a school club is a group of
students who get together regularly and focus on a specific topic. Possible
school clubs might be an acapella club, Lego club, frisbee club, or
environmental club. The ideas are endless and stem from your child’s interests.

After making the suggestion, what’s your child’s reaction?
You don’t want to force it. But if your child seems eager take the reins and
start a club, here’s the blueprint for success. 

Create a Proposal

Once your child has chosen a club idea, it’s time to write a proposal. Even if your child’s club is as simple as a Paper Airplane Club that meets once a week during recess, creating a formal proposal is an important first step. You can use the planning guide below to help your child brainstorm the club’s details.

Present the Proposal

Once the proposal is complete, your child can request a
meeting with a teacher or school administrator to present the club idea. This
step is another great way for your child to develop leadership and public
speaking skills. School staff members are likely to jump on board and support your
child for their self-initiative and creativity. A staff member may even offer
to sponsor the club by providing materials or offering a classroom as a meeting
space.

If the club proposal is not accepted, your child can get
feedback and use it as a learning opportunity. Perhaps the proper channel for a
new club at your school is through the after-school program or the Parent-Teacher
Association. Encourage your child to not give up and try a different approach.

Promote the Club

After approval, your child should make flyers and hang them
up around the school announcing the club and the important details. Your child
can request to make a brief club announcement in each class or speak at an
all-school assembly. If there’s a school newspaper, your child can write a
catchy advertisement to promote the club.

The First Meeting

Prior the first meeting, your child can create a sign-in
sheet and a simple agenda. The group can brainstorm club goals and activity
ideas, and delegate leadership responsibilities if desired. The members can
also decide if the club will have a community service component. For example, a
comic book club might sell comics after school to raise money for a designated
organization.  

Keep the Club Alive

One mark of a successful club is its longevity. However, as
students’ interests and schedules change, it may be challenging to keep the
club up and running. To retain membership, plan special club events such as
watching movies or documentaries that relate to your club. You can also create
bulletin boards or exhibits showcasing your club’s work. Be sure to actively
recruit new members on a regular basis. Social media can also be used to post
club photos, organize events, and blog about club activities. Providing snacks
at club meetings will encourage membership and build community.

Why Start a School Club?

Starting and sustaining a school club is hard work, but it’s
worth it. It teaches children leadership, flexibility, and organization, and provides
a unique opportunity to connect with friends around shared passions. What
school club could your child start tomorrow?

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