The World Language Club does these teaching activities once a month, or nine times a year – quite a bit of work for a group of young students. Senior member and Student Council president Samantha White said that preparation is the toughest part.
“There's just so much going on at once. So many conflicting extracurricular activities, after-school jobs...” White said. “But somehow, we always manage to pull it off!”
Aside from preparations for monthly elementary teachings, the World Language Club works to simultaneously raise funds in such endeavors as well as involve the high school students. In the weeks before Halloween, candy bars were sold and delivered to students. Before Christmas, a similar process allowed for the delivery of candy canes. Similarly, on Sweetest Day, carnations are delivered to designated students.
For one week of each school year called World Language Week, lunches are given a theme from a country, and a slide-show of facts is displayed on an overhead screen to inform students of information concerning the country of the day. At the end of each slide-show, a game of trivia is played, and those who answer the questions correctly may submit their answers for a variety of prizes. Through hard work and dedication, the Grand Valley World Language Club attempts to educate the students of their district by exposing them to the many different cultures present in our country.
Senior Austin Overburger, a three-year veteran of the World Language Club, expressed satisfaction in the results, saying, "The kids really seem to enjoy everything we are teaching them. I can tell because they always remember the lessons we taught them from over a month ago."