First Club Fair successfulBy MR. TIM COHEN Teacher This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the first RPS ClubFair. In the early 1980s, the Upper School redesigned its daily schedule to give clubs more time to meet. So many new clubs were established that the School Council arranged a special program to help connect students to the organizations they wanted to join. The following article, from 1985, tells what happened… by Stephanie Leveene On October 2, Prep had its first Club Day. In previous years, students went during the activity period to designated rooms to sign up for the clubs. There were no student presentations, so very little enthusiasm was generated. This year, under the guidance of Mr. Herzberg, student representatives introduced their clubs in the morning activity period, and later set up booths in the gym. When asked why he created this program, Mr. Herzberg said, “I felt a needto bring to the center of school life those activities which are neither strictly academic nor athletic.” Mr. Herzberg added that the school needed a day full of school spirit, and one that would bring the school closer together. During the a.m. activity period, the student representatives from each of the 22 clubs came up and told the students about their clubs. There are six new clubs this year: The Forensics Club, which does public speaking; The Partners Club, which is a service club; The Cycling Club; The Madrigal Club; the Maroon and White Key Club, another service club; and the Hack n’ Golf Club, a club which brings together the sports of hacky-sack and golf. The other clubs are the following: Drama Club; Argomag, the literary magazine; Argo, the newspaper; Ye Dial, the yearbook; the Video Club; The Academic Team; Model U.N.; Model Congress; The Math Club; The Ping- Pong Club; Creative Cards; the Outing Club; the Backgammon Club; the Ski Club; the Martial Arts Club; and the Frisbee Disc Club. During the p.m. activity period, all the clubs set up booths in the gym, where students could sign up and get more information on the clubs. Mr. Herzberg was glad to see the enthusiasm for the clubs, particularly the clubs that had a previously low membership, such as the Drama Club, and hopes that the enthusiasm will continue. The creativity and enjoyment shared within the groups were even surprisingly well demonstrated by the presentations of the different groups themselves.
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