There are two groups of parents in Worthington schools that are not administrators, teachers, or staff but support our students as if they were. They are the Activity Clubs of Thomas Worthington High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School. While not every parent knows about these organizations, it’s likely that their work will touch every student in our high schools in some way before they graduate.
Each Club consists of parents of high school students. The original Activity Club was founded in 1937 with a charter to “stimulate correct thinking about social problems, strengthen personalities, overcome shyness, and eliminate class distinctions.” As the years have passed, the single group became two when Kilbourne opened, and their mission has evolved as well. Their purpose is simple: to serve the needs of their school community. Much of the success of the Clubs can be attributed to an organizational attitude that a member always strives to say “yes” when asked to do a job to help our students. And these groups have done just that.
Guided by school counselors, administrators, and teachers, the Activity Clubs operate programs that assist students in need, provide opportunities for personal growth through service and leadership, and organize events to make students’ high school years safe, fun, and memorable. Some of these programs include:
- Cards for Kids/Wolves for Cubs – mentorship programs pairing high school students with elementary students needing positive role models
- Baccalaureate Program – Senior celebration held prior to graduation
- Prom After Hours – Fun, safe activity for students to attend after prom
- Scholarships – Service-based scholarships for seniors
- Student Assistance – Meals, hygiene products, and assistance for students in need
- Insight – Speakers and activities designed to educate students on relevant topics and prepare graduating students for next steps
To fund these activities, each Club organizes an annual fundraiser. After attending a few of these, I can attest these are pretty fun events! As a community, I hope we will support these great parents as they strive to enrich our students’ high school experiences. Please consider supporting our Activity Clubs so they can continue to say “yes” when called upon by our school community.
WKHS Activity Club Fall Fundraiser
Heavy hors d’oeuvres, grand desserts, silent & live auction
Worthington Hills Country Club
November 16, 2019, 6:30pm
firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets
TWHS Activity Club Fundraiser
The Jessing Center
March 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Jpischel@columbus.rr.com for more information
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent