Activity Club Statement of Purpose and History
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Activity Club of Thomas Worthington High School
DescriptionThis document provides a history of the early years of the Activity Club, with statements of need and purpose. Although the schools in Worthington were not segregated, statements in the document reflect that the community was not free of racial tensions and discrimination. By 1950, the purpose of the club would expand to become inclusive of all students in the community, regardless of race. The Activity Club was founded in 1937 as the Personality Club by Mrs. Miriam Mackay, who saw a great need to form an organization dedicated to assisting youth with their social and personal problems. The club was originally formed with sponsorship by the Worthington P.T.A. Among the first activities of the group was the remodeling of formals for girls who were in need of them. Guidance concerning proper dress, manners and hostess etiquette were in demand. Although the club's focus was initially on girls, boys soon became interested and were also included in the programs. Over the years interests broadened, and the group was reorganized as the Activity Club. Social dancing classes for students from grade 4 to 12 became a major activity of the club during the 1940s and 1950s. Interest in dancing declined during the 1960s. Following a brief renewal of interest in dancing in the late 1970s, the emphasis on dance programs was discontinued. During the 1980s the purpose of the Activity Club broadened to fulfill changing needs. New projects were initiated, such as workshops on leadership skills, College Previews, College Fairs, and...