Freedom Offers Students a Way to Connect Through Clubs


The K-pop dance team performs during a pep rally. Photo by Anya Smith.

Anya Smith, Staff Writer

Clubs are a great way to connect to people in school, form groups and make communities, and make new friends. Although how school works changed a little over the past two years, not everything has changed entirely.

Clubs are still starting back up. There’s just about a club for everything. Freedom has it all, and if Freedom doesn’t, making a club is fairly easy. Check the school website  for more information on all the current FHS clubs. 

Essentially, clubs are working the same this year. The few exceptions are larger clubs and clubs that have dancing/choreography. Some of the larger ones get split up into smaller more manageable groups.

“That’s why we don’t have 45 kids in a small classroom. We try to break it up into smaller groups. It is working, so it was put in as a rules,” said Michael Kitchens, CAMPUS Club Sponsor.

Larger clubs would have been moved into larger places like the library or the gym. Clubs that dance can dance outside or go to the larger spaces in the school.

“We practice inside the classrooms with our masks on,” said Grace Ryu, K-pop dance club president. “But then when it is closer to the pep rallies we’ll go outside, and we can like take your mask off, which is perfect.” 

Now of course, wearing a mask is a must in the school building. This still applies for clubs, unless it’s outside.

Some clubs have closed down due to sponsors not wanting to continue during these times, but starting a club or trying to bring one back is fairly easy. All students need to do is find a willing sponsor to continue with an existing club or to create a new one. A sponsor is typically a teacher or adult in the school. More information clubs are on the activities page. Just follow the instructions for the interest club form. Only one club can be filled out per form.  

Last two years were really hard on everyone. Socializing in person wasn’t much of an option.

“I feel that we’re losing connection between students in the club,” Kitchens said.  “And also that a lot of the club last year was run through virtually, or ran virtually so. So, I was worried about everybody getting back together.” 

Now that schools are open and learning is in person,  school social events are making a comeback.

Hopefully, I mean this creates you know logistical problems we want everyone to mingle and get to know each other so we so we’ve, we kind of switched it up sometimes,” said Gloria Monge, CAMPUS club sponsor.