Racial Equity Club, Key Club, and More: Club Updates

Clubs clean trash on the beach

Environmental Club and Key Club members help rid the beach of trash / Photographer: Sofia Garcia

Environmental Club meets on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. This year, the club has already participated in two beach cleanups, one in October and one in November. They hope to continue doing cleanups once a month for the rest of the school year (weather permitting).

If you have any questions or would like more information on the club or find out how to join, please contact Izie Janecek or Anwyn Thompson. Racial Equity is a club that encourages conversations on topics regarding race and social justice. This month they have covered topics such as the election and what it means for marginalized groups, the white industrial savior complex, and Columbus Day versus Indigenous People’s Day.

They meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Funhouse, or you can join via their Google Classroom. However, if you join in person, snacks are included. If you would like more information on joining, you can contact Profe Parish or Bella Evans.

Next Generation is excited to announce that they will be hosting a virtual School Connectedness FunFactor event on the second  Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for all Orcas Island High School students. All events will take place on Google Meet and will include fun activities such as Kahoots, scavenger hunts, crafts, baking, and games. They will send out a Google Meet link along with more information to everyone prior to each event. If you have an idea for an event, they would love to hear your thoughts (you can reach out to Julie Pinardi, Willow White, or any NextGeneration member). NextGeneration hopes to see you at the events.

IRHI (Island Reproductive Health Initiative) connects teens and adults with confidential, low, or no cost medical care. Updated condom locations can be viewed on the Instagram (orcas_irhi) or Facebook (IRHI) pages. Clinic visits and sexual health services (including STI testing) are still available. They are currently focused on recruitment and establishing their online presence. This year’s head Teen Representatives are Sofia Fleming and Hazel Meinhardt Moe. Please feel free to ask any Teen Representative for more information and if you are interested in becoming a Teen Rep, please contact Sofia Fleming.

Model UN is a new club at OIHS this year that meets at 1 p.m. every Wednesday. They work out problems such as natural disasters, economic crises, war, and recently, climate change. They are currently looking for new members who are interested in politics, country simulations, and problem solving. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Forest Friedli.

Key Club is a community service based club that has been working on a few different projects this year. Last year, the club began the Pen Pal Project, in which Key Club partners with the Senior Center to provide senior citizens with pen pals from the high school. The project was cut short when the pandemic began, but Key Club is happy to announce that the project is starting back up! The club also held a food drive on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the school. They are looking forward to planning new projects and continuing ones that have already been started. If you have any questions or would like more information about Key Club, please feel free to contact Izie Janecek.

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