Spanish Club Makes A Comeback
September 25, 2018
The Spanish club is making a return, allowing students to express their adoration of foreign language on a weekly basis.
A new school year brings new opportunities to take part in after-school activities. The Spanish club is one of the many options, although, it seems to get overlooked. Students all over the school are eager to begin again.
“I joined Spanish club because it’s going to be super fun and I can’t wait to learn more about the culture,” sophomore Ashley Ketchner said.
Community service clubs and sports are typical after-school activities students join. They teach communication skills, teamwork, leadership skills, physical endurance, and how to be a benevolent member of society, however, the Spanish club brings a new aspect to the table, cultural awareness.
“We focus on different countries and seasonal kind of things like Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, so we’ll do some activities for that. We’ll do activities for Dia de Los Muertos in November and things for Navidad in December,” Spanish teacher Katie Moore said.
The Spanish club used to participate in competitions, but they have ceased to continue that tradition. The competitions are held at the University of Alabama, where high school Spanish clubs from all over Alabama can view the campus while competing in reading, recitation, artwork, and multiple other events.
“We’re not doing competition this year because, in years past, it has kind of shied people away from being in Spanish Club because they think, “Oh, to be in Spanish Club, I have to go compete and speak Spanish in front of someone and take a test.” So we’re trying to get people to see that there’s more to Spanish Club than just competition,” Moore said.
However, the termination of competition brings new possibilities for the Spanish club. This year, rather than community service, global service is a huge priority for Moore.
“I want to do the poinsettia project, it’s a global service project, so it’s not necessarily just the community. The poinsettia project is where artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala make bracelets, and then we [the Spanish club] sell the bracelets for them. It’s non-profit, so the people who make them in Central America, use the funds to support themselves and all the money goes back to them. And not to mention, they’re really cute,” Moore said.
Students get to leave at the end of the year conscious of the culture of Hispanics.
“I’m excited about getting involved in the school and learning more of the language and culture,” Ketchner said.