How to Start a School Club

October 17, 20120 Comments

Are you inspired by Juliette’s story and want to do your own part to help elephants or other animals? Becoming an active voice at your school is a great way to spread awareness. One effective way to get more people involved in your cause is to start a club.

Starting a club might sound like hard work, but don’t be scared – it’s actually a lot of fun once you get everything organized. Not only will you make new friends who have the same interests as you, you’ll be an active participant in helping protect elephants or other animals around the world. It’s amazing how much of an impact one person can have when they decide to take action and make a change!

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to making a difference right in your own town.

1. Check with your teacher or principal

Before starting any project, it’s important to run it by a teacher or your principal first. Different schools have different club guidelines so you’ll want to see what your school’s rules are before you start promoting your club. Many schools also require you have some sort of chaperone – whether it’s a teacher or parent – at meetings and events to supervise and make sure everything is running smoothing. Talk to your science teacher or someone on campus you look up to (your school librarian or guidance counselor etc.) to see if they would be willing to support and help you get your club off the ground.

2. Spread the Word

Once you’ve got Step 1 taken care of, it is time to start spreading the word. Make posters, submit information to the person who does morning announcements, or ask permission to go and talk to different classes. Let people know where the first meeting will take place, what time, and whether or not they need to bring anything.

3. Plan a Meeting

You’ve told everyone you know about your cool new club – now it’s time for your first meeting. This meeting will help you gauge how many people are interested in the club and listen to others goals and ideas for the group. How are you going to spread elephant awareness? What talents or resources do other members of your club bring to the table? Make a meeting schedule or agenda and stick to key points you want to talk about during the limited time you have.

4. Elect officers and committee members

During the first or second meeting have club members elect people to president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and other positions. Brainstorm the responsibilities of each elected person and make committees.

5. Set goals and deadlines

What are the goals of your club and how do you plan on achieving them? Do you want to raise money so your school can sponsor an elephant overseas or do you want to come up with a way to teach others in your community everything you’ve learned about elephants? Once you have a plan, work together to find ways to reach this goal.

6. Have fun!
When you’re doing something you’re really passionate about, make sure you’re having a good time along the way!

 

Photo Credit: (c) Pioneer Library System

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Maggie is a former Tiger Beat senior staff writer who used to rock out with the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber in sunny Los Angeles before she decided to relocate to fabulous San Francisco. She has always been interested in animal rights and fell in love with elephants during her travels to Tanzania, Kenya, and Thailand.

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