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Club Fridays held at several NBISD elementary schools


One Friday each month, several elementary schools in New Braunfels ISD host “Club Fridays”, a time dedicated during normal business hours to host a variety of hobbies and activities for the students to experience.

According to Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Duane Trujillo, around 30 percent of students in elementary schools are involved in extracurricular activities. He says that by offering club time during school hours, more students can have an opportunity to get involved in activities they may not normally be exposed to otherwise.

“A lot of families can’t afford after school activities like karate, soccer and football. Our goal was to find a way to give every student an opportunity to find their interests.”

The variety of clubs offered is sizable. Carl Schurz Elementary for example hosts more than 30 clubs that range from technical STEM subjects like robotics and engineering, to outdoor activities like insect collecting, sports and gardening. Other club offerings include cooking, photography, dancing, art, recycling and journalism, to name a few.

With around 20 clubs at Seele Elementary, Principal Leah Droddy says that everyone participates in hosting clubs. There are even special guests.

“Our librarian and P.E. coach have clubs and even our administration shares a club,” said Droddy. “We have special guests that come to help host clubs like [parent] Mr. Hunt for our robotics club and Mr. and Mrs. Buck for pottery.”

Other parent volunteers (and even parents of teachers) stop by on Club Fridays to support clubs that may need extra help like cooking and cake decorating.

Trujillo noted the other benefit of having club time at school is the sense of community it builds.

“It gives the students and teachers an opportunity to break out of their classrooms and get to know the rest of the school,” he said.

Droddy added by offering clubs during school, the students can also get to know their teachers on a different level, which further enhances the sense of community.

Other schools in the district also offer Club Fridays. Veramendi has already launched this initiative in its first year and offers 25 clubs each First Friday of the month.  Lamar Elementary also host 15 different clubs on the First Friday of the month for the students.

The other elementary schools in NBISD also offer clubs, but not in a Club Friday rotation. Students at Klein Road, County Line and Walnut Springs can join the school’s robotics club or get involved with Student Council.

To learn more about the Club Fridays, watch the related video story.

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