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  • Hira Qureshi

Afternoon clubs help give students an academic boost

Photos by Afaf Obid

Pleasant View School afternoon clubs are back in session and students are using their after school hours to excel in all subjects.

The clubs started back in August and meet once a week after school for an hour. Clubs are open to all grades, pre-kindergarten to twelfth.

“After school clubs are all very important because they give students an academic boost,” said teacher Afaf Obid. “They do so much more than keep students occupied during the afternoon.”

There are currently 11 different clubs including: Jr. Scientist, Drama, English Book Club, Arabic, French, IT Engineering, Girls Coding, Lego, Around the World, Kids Fitness and Cooking.

There are different objectives to each club. The Jr. Scientist is a hands-on club where students conduct short-term experiments each week, maintaining data for long-term experiments.

Drama club students create, rehearse and perform scripted plays.

In the English Book Club, students discuss books, expressing thoughts and opinions. The IT Engineering Club helps students with computing projects to career building.

The newest club, French Club, gives students the opportunity to learn another language besides Arabic.

PVS started the after school clubs many years ago and have continued to add more clubs and improve the after school program. Obid supervises the clubs with the help of other teachers who facilitate the clubs.

“Recent studies show a correlation between improved grades, behavior and work habits as a result of students’ involvement in after school activities,” Obid said.

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