Fairmont’s lesser-known clubs promote various messages in their own ways

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Photo: Brittany Peckham

During Fairmont 101, Human Trafficking president Tim Edmonds waits for freshmen to arrive to explain what his club is about.

There are several well-known clubs here at Fairmont, such as the Spanish Club or Art Club. Although, there are quite a few that not many students know too much about. Some of those clubs include FCCLA, Human Trafficking, and Religious Tolerance Club.

The amount of clubs and extracurricular activities continues to increase. While some of these clubs have been around since way before today’s generation, others are just beginning to get up and running. Though, what seems to be the common goal for all of them is to inform and educate more students and community members about their club and to gain more members.

 

FCCLA 

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a student organization that promotes leadership experiences. The club takes field trips and works on various projects promoting particular organizations. Students who are a part of FCCLA must have taken or are currently taking a Family Consumer Science class such as Planning for College and Work.

“I think it’s one of the best ways to get involved and give back,” Ruth Budd, Fairmont Consumer Science Teacher and Club Adviser said. 

One organization the club is involved with the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House feeds and provides a home for families all around the globe. “I went to the Ronald McDonald website and started looking, then I saw all the opportunities to volunteer and give,” Budd said.

FCCLA has been an official club at Fairmont for two years now. “This is a club that helps you give back,” she said. “Many people don’t know how to give back or really haven’t. It’s a club where you really give more than you receive.”

FCCLA meets in the mornings before school in room 209. Contact Ruth Budd if interested in joining.

 

GSA

Gay-Straight Alliance is a club supporting the LGBT  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community. “There are about fifty students in GSA right now. The club started four years ago,” Elizabeth Bultemeyer, Fairmont U.S. History teacher and GSA adviser said. 

According to Bultemeyer, GSA helps students who don’t know how to come out to their family members or friends and to know that there are others here for them, kids who need an outlet.

The club is here for students to have a voice and to find other students who go through the same things as they do.

“It’s a safe place for our students to come and express who they are,” Bultemeyer said.

Gay-Straight Alliance meets every other Thursday in room 347, West unit.

 

Human Trafficking

 

Human Trafficking is a club that was created by Ashley Mercs and Kerri Loyd, who are now both Fairmont graduates. “Our club is about spreading the awareness of Human Trafficking,” junior Club President Timothy Edmonds said.

One of the main goals for the club is to go around to other clubs at Fairmont and spread awareness The club currently has only a few members and they’re encouraging more people to join. “I want people to join because it’s a good way to learn about a big issue in our global and local communities,” Edmonds said.

The Human Trafficking Club is also teamed up with New Abolitionist Movement (NAM), the Human Trafficking Club at the University of Dayton. Human Trafficking isn’t something that only happens around the world, it’s possible to happen anywhere. The club is wanting to teach people how to see the signs of people who are being trafficked and how it can be prevented. “The way our highways work makes Ohio a haven for trafficking, so it’s a very local issue,” Edmonds said.

The club is working on getting fair trade coffee sold in the cafeteria on Friday mornings. The coffee beans are from places where the people are paid and treated fairly, according to Edmonds.

The National tip line for Human Trafficking is 1-888-3737-888.

The club meets every Wednesday after school in room 306.

 

Creative Writing Club

Referred to themselves as the Inklings, the club members explore different types of creative writing, including flash fiction, poetry, and short story writing. Creative Writing Club was started three years ago by Fairmont graduate Emily Hazlip.

Creative Writing Club is involved in various writing activities each year and are most known for many members participating and winning NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) every November. The challenge is to write a novel in a month, and people all over the country of all ages can take part. There were twenty-five people who participated from the club this year.

The club is quite diverse, yet all of the members come together to create noble work. “We have all sorts of students like AP and Career Tech students, kids who you think wouldn’t be in the same club,” Fairmont English teacher and Creative Writing Club adviser Juliet MonBeck said.

April is National Poetry Month, and each year the club passes out poems to everyone in advisory for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Creative Writing Club is a supportive place for people to write and have others read and help with flowing ideas. “No one wants to read a story where nothing bad happens,” MonBeck said. “It can’t all be rainbows and kittens.”

The club meets every Monday after school in room 231.

 

Religious Tolerance Club

Religious Tolerance Club explores different religions and belief systems. “Basically, we’re trying to explore different religions so we can decrease the amount of derogatory stigmas associated with those religions,” senior Club President Conor Eakin said. “There are a bit of problems associated with religion and how people view it so I wanted to set up a club to try to help fix this.”

The club discusses different religions and they bring in different people to talk about their own, also about other issues going on in the world. Religious Tolerance promotes the understanding of different beliefs, morals, and ways of living. “It is a safe place and also a no hate place, so people are able to talk about who they are without being afraid of being bullied,” Eakin said.

The club started last year and is looking to have more club members as right now they only have five. “I would like around eight to ten people to join at least,” Eakin said.  

Religious Tolerance meets in room 331 every Tuesday.

 

WKET

WKET is a student lead radio station at Fairmont. Directors, shift managers and all of the on air personalities help make the station possible. After school, members go to the radio room in room 515 and take shifts playing tracks ranging from today’s hottest hits, classic rock, country, and all of the in between. “We play a good mix of music mostly because all of music is brought in by students and suggested by students,” senior Program Director Robert Thade said. 

For the past four years, WKET has been broadcasting thirty-minute radio plays performed by students. The station also does live sports broadcasting for football and basketball games. WKET members also enter the IBS (International Broadcasting System) awards and last year, they ended up winning “Best Play By Play” and “Best Station.” The after-school activity has been successful and seems to be a favorite. “WKET is family because we all look out for each other,” said senior Michaela Wells Program Director for WKET. “Once you enter the room it doesn’t matter what you do or who you are. You’re here and you automatically become family.”

WKET is after school every day until six, except for Fridays. Contact Scott Leo in the Interactive Media room if interested in joining.

Listen to WKET live on 98.3 FM or online here.

 

For more information on any of Fairmont’s clubs, visit the activities office.