In what looked like a bazaar from times of yore, students hawked their clubs to their fellow Upper School students as they strolled by the various posters, signs, videos, and games to pique the interest of new members. (If the array of colorful materials, didn’t tempt sign-ups, then the bowls of Skittles, Oreos, and Starburst adjacent to their wares certainly did.)
Each fall, leaders from dozens of student clubs showcase their mission to entice new members in the school dining hall. Whether tackling environmental causes like the Green Team or The Thirst Project, promoting cross-cultural understanding with the Asian Club, or supporting students who have an interest in medicine in Future Medical Professionals, students can select an area that speaks to their passion or curiosity.
Maggie Eberle ’20 promoted her club that teaches American Sign Language (ASL) to other students. After studying the language at the American School for the Deaf, she wanted to share her knowledge with other students. “I’m trying to teach simple phrases so when the students go out into the world they can communicate and bridge the gap between our two communities,” Eberle said. Marwyvnn Somdrdhivej ’20, a leader of the 1080’s Club, helps students build pcs. He said he was looking for students regardless of their skill levels. “We want everyone to be able to participate.”
The array of choices dramatizes the varied interests of the student body. There literally is something for everyone. One freshman student shared her list of the six new clubs she may join. "I figured, "Why not try it?" What do I have to lose?" That's a winning attitude of involvement and curiosity.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.