By Brittany Thompson
Student run clubs at Viterbo provide creative outlets for groups of individuals to come together and inspire positive change within the community. Change often starts with children, new generations, and the Viterbo Education Club makes teaching children the priority.
Education Club has 15 active members. Current Education Club President, Arielle Stark, junior elementary education major from Prairie du Chien, Wis. discusses past and future events with Lumen.
Q. What upcoming events can the Viterbo Community look forward to?
A. The Education Club just held our Puppy Chow Sale. We used the proceeds towards our Cupcake Wars at the Boys and Girls Club on Monday, March 17 from 3:30-5:30. At this event, we will be working with middle school students to construct a model/display using cupcakes.
In April, we will host a story hour at the public library. Though we are still in the planning stages with coordinators at the library, traditionally we read a story and provide a craft for young children.
Q. What sort of events has the club been involved in traditionally?
A. The Education Club hosts many events throughout the year. In September, we hold our plant sale, in which we sell a variety of plants donated by Dr. Ed Wenzel in order to raise money for Safe Trick-or-Treat in October.
Safe Trick-or-Treat is our biggest event of the year. This is an event for the Viterbo community and the La Crosse community to come together and celebrate Halloween in a safe environment. Volunteers take children trick-or-treating through the residence halls on campus. We also provide numerous activities in Mathy Center, including games, cookie decorating, storytelling, and fortune telling. We also have a giant haunted house, provided to us by Wayne Hanson.
Every year, the Education Club picks a local cause to support. This year, we made fleece blankets for the Linus Project, which is an organization that delivers blankets to children in hospitals. We also donated clothes to two children through the Salvation Army.
Q. What has been a highlight of being in the club for you?
A. I have had numerous opportunities to work with other future educators, professionals, and, most importantly to me, children. I feel much more confident as an educator because of my experiences with the Education Club.
Q. What would you like to share with Viterbo Community?
A. The Education Club is always open to collaboration. If any club/group/individual is interested in collaborating with the club, please do not hesitate to contact us through our Viterbo Education Club Facebook page.