What is the Early Act Club?
Confession time… What I’m about to tell you might come as a bit of a surprise to those who know me, but I feel compelled to get this skeleton out of my closet. When I was a student in school…I was in the history club. There, I said it. Now before you start heckling me, let me just say that it was actually really fun and included nighttime visits inside all the cemeteries downtown. I had an outstanding history teacher, Mr. Larkin, who made the subject not only interesting but I daresay exciting! Do you know what the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is actually about? Because I do, and it’s horrifying!
While Island Prep doesn’t have a history club for me to peer pressure my children into joining, they do have numerous activities and organizations for the students. One of these is the EarlyAct Club. This club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine.
Claudia Dencer, the EarlyAct sponsor representing the Rotary Club of St. Augustine, explained, “EarlyAct provides students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. The Club also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit their school, local and global communities.”
In EarlyAct meetings the students discuss the ideas of caring, respect, empathy, responsibility, tolerance, citizenship, compassion, friendship, leadership, and the Rotary Four Way Test. I don’t know about you, but I know quite a few adults who need to join this club as well! I am always looking for ways to reinforce these qualities, and am so excited that this Club is here.
In addition to meetings, EarlyAct has incorporated service projects into each month. Food drives, toy drives, and cleanups throughout the city are just a few of the projects the students have done. On September 21st, which happens to be International Coastal Clean Up Day, members participated in a beach cleanup at Butler Beach. This was a simultaneous effort between the St. Augustine Rotary and EarlyAct Clubs, and the sister clubs in Aviles, Spain! The students loved to see teamwork in action, in real time, with the Spain clubs.
Once students are beyond the EarlyAct Club, they can continue on in high school with the Interact Club. This organization encourages students to continue their service endeavors in our community, and then takes it one step further by providing opportunities to travel and study abroad. (I’m sure my children will need me to chaperone… right? I mean, RIGHT?)
What clubs were you in growing up? Any other proud history club members out there? Visit us on social @islandprep and tell me! Don’t let the cheese stand alone, now…
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