Rivers’ annual Club Fair on Friday was like an all-you-can-eat buffet where Upper School students were sure to find cocurricular activities to satisfy their appetites, and were hard-pressed not to over-fill their schedules. At booths surrounding the lunch tables in Kraft Dining Hall, club leaders—who had described their goals during morning assembly—made personal pitches to interested students.
Commitments to various clubs and organizations, which meet midday on Tuesdays and Thursdays, can run the gamut from agreeing to test tempting new snack products (The Snack Club) to preparing for and participating in regional conferences a couple of times a year (Model UN and Debate).
For the entrepreneurs and business-minded, there are the Investment Club, DECA, and the Venture Capital Club—which hopes to compete against other schools this year. Interested in the arts? Try signing up for the Current, Animation, Film Club, Rock Band, or A Cappella, or combine music and service learning with Encore, which performs at local non-profit agencies. Other service opportunities abound with Big Brother/Big Sister, Rivers Serves, Middle School Mentoring, and Family Promise.
Building a strong Rivers community is the goal of a number of clubs ranging from Student Council, RICA, Red Key, and GSA to the Fanzone. Chronicling student life falls to members of the Edge and Yearbook staffs. Other students like to focus their free time on academic interests with the Latin and French clubs, Robotics, Bioethics, and STEM. Or exercise your mind or body by signing up for Yoga, Hiking, or Chess Club.
With all of these options, one thing is certain. Rivers students can be sure there is a like-minded group of peers to spend time with outside of class.
As Head of School Ned Parsons reminded club leaders during their pre-orientation leadership workshop in August, “For some students, your club meetings will be the highlight of their week. This will be where they form some of their strongest memories of Rivers, a place to connect to others and really feel welcome in our community.”