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Diversity club hosts ice cream social, park cleanup

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Sweet spot \\ Freshman Ann Dardy participates in Diversity Club’s first social event of the year. “[Being in the club] has gotten me out of my shell. I’m more comfortable talking to new people, and I’m more comfortable sharing my pronouns because I know I won’t be judged,” Dardy said.

writer: Maggie Volpi, journalism student

Creating a safe space for everyone, inspiring students to form meaningful connections, and doing community service of their own accord: adding ice cream to the mix was the cherry on top of Diversity Club’s first social event of the year.

“I wanted the club to start off on a good foot this year by giving members a chance to socialize outside of school as well as meet new people,” Diversity Club President Mikalah Hodge said. “I aimed to create a low stress environment where people could have fun, play some games and eat ice cream.”

I aimed to create a low stress environment where people could have fun, play some games and eat ice cream.”

— Mikalah Hodge, Diversity Club president

The students met at Olde City Park after school Sept. 14. Anyone, not just official club members, was welcomed.

“Everyone doesn’t have to be fully, completely involved,” Diversity Club Sponsor Jill Hill said. “If students just want to show up when they need a safe space to be themselves, we would welcome them anytime.”

Twenty students in total showed up to the ice cream event. At the club’s first meeting, Sept. 3, 49 students attended, a record number of members since the club was founded.

“Our leadership team is really passionate about the club, and worked really hard to reach out and let people know about the club,” Mrs. Hill said. “More than ever students are looking for a place to belong, and this club really emphasizes that it’s a place for everyone.”

The event kicked off with several games designed for students to get to know each other and feel more confident. After the initial group games, ice cream and popsicles were passed out, and smaller groups of students started playing games such as chess and family feud.

“[Being in the club] has gotten me out of my shell. I’m more comfortable talking to new people, and I’m more comfortable sharing my pronouns because I know I won’t be judged,” freshman club member Ann Dardy said.