Excitement, involvement, and the art of advertisement are all highlighted through clubs at Scheck Hillel Community School. Being that the majority of clubs have been constructed and designed by students themselves, clubs bring together the community as a whole to showcase the different organizations or groups that students can partake in. From a student’s viewpoint, being a part of something with different friends of different ages and backgrounds creates an immense amount of adrenaline as there is a communal connection with all the students. Taking part in clubs allows students to be engaged in something that has an effect on a variety of outside communities.
There are three clubs in specific that have stood out to the students of Scheck Hillel, and the creators of these diverse clubs all have different mindsets and ambitions. Helping the homeless is an act that will always be appreciated and acknowledged in modern society. Seniors Danna Fischbach and Gaby Aizenmen are the presidents and founders of the Chapman partnership. Gaby and Danna’s push to found this club was their goal to help the impoverished who reside in shelters. Whether it is by collecting food or materials, visiting them, or donating money, these club presidents love to gather those that are interested in spreading kindness to help out! Being that school and community activities are taking place virtually, Danna and Gaby must now change up the curriculum in order to keep the members engaged. Danna Fischbach states, “We are able to select certain times after school for all of us to meet and gather whatever is needed. Separating all the donation items, all the members can make the bags separately on Zoom, and having different people in charge of different things allows everyone to stay committed and involved.” Both students believe that their club not only gives members a sense of leadership but changes the way they think overall.
Moving on, Sofia Nessim, Leigh Osovitzki, and Jenna Liberman are the president, vice president, and secretary – respectively – of the Health Club. This club has the mission of guiding students towards a healthier lifestyle; they are excited to gather those interested in how food affects the body and those who want to change their own eating and exercise patterns. They use social media platforms to share information, exercise ideas, and healthy recipes for all to have an image of the mission being presented. The founders are planning on inviting nutritionist speakers to talk at Hillel. In regards to the club now taking place virtually, Sofia, Leigh, and Jenna have ensured that nothing will alter the overall changes they are planning to make. Sofia Nessim adds, “Being that our club mostly consists of discussing, no contact or face to face interaction is necessary to complete participation in our club. By making presentations that can be shared on Zoom, or having speakers pop in, we are surely able to complete engaging activities that will help students better understand the importance of nutrition.” Having a sense of nutrition and being a part of something that will make an everlasting impact on one’s self-image is of indescribable importance.
The next club was created by president Sofia Wengrowsky, who, along with two other co-presidents, Michelle Sutton and Leah Winterman, has created “IShine.” This club’s purpose is to work with kids who have had rough upbringings and/or health issues. The club was created due to the girls’ love for kids in general. Sofia, Michelle, and Leah look for those who love working with kids and enable them to help children overcome the hardships that they are experiencing. Having positive energy is one of the main things that this club is calling for. Chai Lifeline, with whom iShine collaborates, is a recognized organization that works with kids through illnesses or family loss. Together, iShine created an after-school program for the members of Chai Lifeline along with kids whose parents work late. Sofia Wengrosky says, “By bringing iShine to Hillel, each of the members can participate in making another smile form.” Due to Coronavirus induced setbacks, the club is not able to physically go to the afterschool program. Therefore, iShine club members will be meeting with kids aging from four to eight years old once or twice a month over Zoom. During these Zoom sessions, club participants will not only converse with the kids but help them with homework too.
Being a part of a club gives students a sense of belonging and creates an atmosphere that cannot be formed anywhere else. Students are given the choice of joining one of 27 different clubs, which range from fitness and health to music and public speaking. Having a wide array of options allows the students to find their passions and leave a lasting influence on other student’s lives.