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Dublin High Clubs: Community Service and School Spirit

February 9, 2010

Dublin High’s “club scene” is active, thriving and contributing greatly to campus life.
There are more than 30 clubs at Dublin High serving a wide variety of student interests.  They are groups that set the tone for campus culture and serve the community.

“Traditional student activities and athletics are not for every student,” said Tim Sbranti, Dublin High student activities director. “Clubs are important in building connections for many students with school. I also think that the students who are involved with clubs tend to do better with their academics and create a more positive campus climate and culture.”

Dublin High clubs range from academic (California Scholastic Federation) to service (American Red Cross) to political (Young Democrats and Young Republicans) to social (the Bowling Club and the Animation Club).

More than 500 Dublin High students participate in clubs.

“I have seen students who never joined clubs before decide to join because they saw how club members have fun working together to contribute to the school and community life,” said senior Julie Pak.

Pak is the president of the American Red Cross Club. Pak’s club has 40 members this year. The club has hosted successful blood drives over the past three years, led fundraising for earthquake kit supplies and provided opportunities for students to receive free CPR and first-aid training.

The Red Cross club is currently working to promote the texting campaign to donate to Haitian earthquake relief.

Pak said the variety of clubs at Dublin High reflects the diversity of the school.
“Dublin High embraces this diversity,” Pak said. “It provides opportunities for students to explore many options. I think the students here learn to be open-minded.”

The Harry Potter Alliance is one of the newest clubs on campus, formed by a group of students who wanted to share their love for the J.K. Rowling books. The club, which has started with about 10 members, meets weekly.

Members are currently working on setting up reading sessions for children at the local Barnes and Noble. Future plans include fundraising to buy books for kids who can’t afford them.
Senior Ann Kenney is the HPA club president.  “Clubs give students something to look forward to every week,” Kenney said. “It’s a chance to talk and meet and I think the clubs bring a certain feel to our campus that we couldn’t live without.”

Sbranti said club membership has also provided valuable leadership opportunities for many students.

“Instead of just having 20 students serve as Class/Student Body Officers, you now have over 100 students who get that opportunity to lead as club officers,” Sbranti said. “Since most of the clubs have some type of volunteer service component, I think it also helps them become stronger leaders by becoming active in the community.”

The current selection of Dublin High clubs is available here.

by Michelle McDonald

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