Friendship Club is a club at Highland advised by Parent and Community Liaison Nancy Kolb. Friendship Club’s mission is to establish and maintain a communicative relationship between the Special Ed program at Highland and the rest of the student body. Friendship Club has several different functions. One of the main activities of the club is to hold regular breakfast clubs and 7th hour socials, which are an opportunity for members of Friendship Club to get together with students in the Special Ed program to spend some time getting to know each other. Everyone involved really likes the opportunity to spend some time each month getting together and talking about what’s going on in each others lives. It’s a really neat thing.
Another function of Friendship Club is going to Bridgeview Community Center on W 7th Street to support programming for developmentally delayed adults. You can find members of Friendship Club on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the center playing bingo, creating art, cooking, or sharing popcorn and movies. Weekend events have included bonfires, riverboat cruises, and outings to Valley Fair.
Elowyn Pfeiffer, a student co-leader of the group, shared why being a part of Friendship Club means so much to her: “Friendship Club has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had in high school. The people are so nice and appreciative of you being there, and very genuinely interested in how you are doing and what you are up to.”
If you’re interested in joining Friendship Club, you can signup/get more information by visiting Ms. Kolb’s office (Room 1311, next to the CCRC) or by talking to student co-leaders Elowyn Pfeiffer or Sofia Cerkvenik.