Catching up with the Spanish Club

Grace Bruening, writer

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Ralston Valley offers a multitude of extracellular activities, one of which being the Spanish club. The Spanish club, being one of the most active clubs in Ralston Valley and the community  is relatively unknown.

The club made up of Spanish students of all grade levels meets on the first Tuesday of every month and focuses on not only dedication to learning the language, but also being a more active citizen. “We do school related activities like Trick or Treat Street and in the spring we will go to UNC Greeley to participate in World Language Day.” says teacher and supervisor of the Spanish club, Lori Rubin. In addition to celebrating the language, the members are now able to help people around the world. “We are currently doing a service project collecting backpacks and school supplies to send to a rural community in southern Costa Rica.” she continued, “One of our former teachers has a relationship with this community and she organizes a crate to send to them each year. Hopefully we will be able to get it there for their start of school in February.”

But not everything done in this club is serious, “We do all kinds of cultural activities like restaurant nights, movie viewings, museum visits, cooking competitions (similar to Top Chef), salsa dancing lessons, and other events like Día de los Muertos at the Denver Botanic Gardens”.

One of the most known things about the Spanish club is their trips. “This spring we are traveling to Perú where we will visit Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world), the Sacred Valley of the Inca, do a homestay and community service project, and we’ll finish the trip by visiting Machu Picchu,” said Mrs. Rubin, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a member of the club to go on these trips.

“Anyone can join Spanish club and participate in our activities.” Mrs. Rubin reminded “The leaders are very committed to organizing fun, meaningful activities and creating a friendly, welcoming environment for all students to engage. Many students have become friends through Spanish Club, which is one of the most important parts of being in a group like this”. She continued, “I would encourage everyone to check out our club. We have a lot of fun and we are doing more and more to help the community around us at the same time.”

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