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Building community through a virtual world


Though the virtual club expo could not be in person this year, it still allowed students to connect with others outside of their academic classes.

PRHS Crimson Crew invited students to join the first virtual club expo on Wednesday, Sept. 30, reaching over 200 students in a campaign of virtual club introduction. The clubs and organizations committee began meeting at the beginning of September to plan for the club expo. Leadership teacher and crimson crew club director Jennifer Martinez stated that, despite preparations, “It didn’t go as smoothly as planned because it is really hard to get the message out to every student since we no longer have remind” it was still an important event for the student body to learn about clubs and find a safe space to be with others. The virtual event allowed students the opportunity to explore different clubs and to interact safely with other students. 




The virtual club expo featured 11 clubs: DRAMA, ACT, LIFE SAVERS, 3D PRINTING, GIRL TALK, YEARBOOK, JOOI, CRIMSON CREW, FFA, FLORAL, and BSU. Most clubs meet via Google Classroom or Google Meets to discuss club plans and play games with club members. 

Some clubs, such as ACT and BSU have done in-person meets with mask requirements and social distancing of six-feet to follow covid-19 rules and regulations. These two clubs have participated in local protests and chalk events in light of the BLM movement and other important events in the community. (See post below)

Clubs have been a big factor in student life at PRHS, providing comfort and a safe space for students, “For so many students a club ends up being a home for them, it’s a  place for like-minded students to share their experience and learn about others’ experiences… I hope that we see an uptick in clubs and attendees once school resumes,” Martinez said. The club expo helped many students learn more about the clubs at PRHS, “I learned about a variety of clubs organized through the school, and what their purposes are,” freshman Brooklynn Healy said. Though the club expo was a success for some students and teachers, there were many clubs who decided to disband and not participate at all. “We have quite a few clubs that are opting out of being a club right now.  Around 20 or so. Hopefully when we return back a few more will start meeting again,” Bedrosian said. The true purpose of club expo is to give bearcats the opportunity to connect with others and further build the PRHS community. “My hope is that every student will find a connection to being a Bearcat at some level.  Whether it is a club, teacher, sport, activity…my hope is they can connect.” Bedrosian said.

Below is the promotional videos for the Virtual Club Expo:


(All photos from PRHS Crimson Crew Instagram)

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