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How to Create a Club for Elementary School Kids

by Barbie Carpenter , studioD

An elementary school club offers a variety of benefits for curious, growing children. Participation in a club can help elementary-aged kids build their social skills and establish relationships with teachers and other adults, according to the Colorado State University Extension. Even more, students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and build their knowledge outside of the traditional classroom. While every school has its own requirements for launching a new club, some general rules apply for all aspiring club sponsors.

Define your club's purpose. Your elementary school club needs to have a focused vision, targeting a specific interest area for students. Your club can bring out kids' artistic side, explore nature or encourage participation in a sport. Determine what interest your elementary school club will appeal to as a starting point.

Evaluate other school clubs. You want to offer a club that meets an area that other clubs are not addressing. Find out what clubs currently exist at the elementary school, and find a niche that remains unfulfilled. A unique club idea that doesn't compete with other clubs will appeal to school administrators who have to approve your club.

Contact the elementary school to submit a club application. Every school's process is different, but you can expect to submit a detailed application about your potential club's goals, interests and sponsors for school approval. Fill the application out following the school's guidelines to ensure red tape doesn't prevent you from launching your club.

Find a sponsor. Since you're starting the club, you're probably willing to serve as the club's sponsor. However, if your schedule doesn't give you the time to attend all club activities, look for another responsible adult to serve as the sponsor -- someone who is willing to organize events, attend meetings and inspire the students. A parent of an interested student, for example, could be a sponsor for the club.

Recruit students for your club once it's approved by the school. Post fliers around the school or hand out informational brochures to interested students and parents. Your fliers and brochures should provide club basics, including its goals, purpose, meeting times, activities and requirements -- note whether students need supplies or need to pay a membership fee, for example.

Schedule regular meetings and activities. Launch your first meeting with an open house welcoming any interested students and their parents, allowing them to learn more about what the club has to offer. Hand out a monthly or semesterly calendar so students can plan to participate in the newest elementary school club.

Items you will need
  •  School application
  •  Fliers
  •  Brochures
  •  Meeting space

About the Author

Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.

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