C-G-D Elementary works to ‘spark’ students’ interest with new clubs

The Dance Club headed to the Clarion Fitness Center for their club meeting. CGDHS Dance Coach Nikki Conlon helped the group come up with their own dance what they worked to rehearse throughout their meeting. Photo by Bridget Shileny

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary school strives to create not only good academic-minded students, but also well-rounded individuals. One way they do this is by utilizing the “Leader in Me” model. The program’s website explains its goals: “Leader in Me helps schools create well-rounded learners by developing the whole-person and preparing students to become life-ready leaders.” Recently, the school implemented some activities to help with that goal, and also provide the students a good amount of fun.

            A few weeks ago C-G-D Elementary started their Spark Clubs program. This opportunity is for third through fifth grade students and lets kids join a club that meets during school several times this semester.  The best thing is that the kids have a variety of clubs to choose from…thirteen clubs in fact! Clubs cover a variety of interests ranging from photography club to exercise and dance clubs to cooking and art clubs. According to school counselor Sarah Kakacek, these clubs provide “an opportunity for students to ignite their interests in the school setting,” hence the name “spark” clubs.

For the full story, see the March 7th edition of the Monitor.