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Posted: 2:17 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2012
MARION, N.C. —
Kids are eager to stay after school thanks to a six-year tradition at Marion Elementary.
Every Friday in February, parents and teachers volunteer time after school to run different Bulldog adventure clubs.
This year more than 178 students signed up for seven different clubs that explored different hobbies and activities.
Sarah Barksdale joined the Duct Tape Fashions Club, which lets students create items using different colored tape.
The young student created things with the ultra sticky adhesive and even has plans to make a little extra money using her new-found skill.
“I like doing this kind of thing,” said Barksdale. “My mom and dad are having a yard sale soon and I think I could probably make some of these purses and sale them to make a little extra money.”
Other students took a more physical approach.
“I just like running and jumping,” said Bulldogs on the Run member Casey Docker before sprinting down the grass field in front of the school.
This year, Bulldogs on the Run had more than 37 students participating in long jumps, sprints and different types of sporting events.
One of the most popular clubs for younger students was the Lego Mania Club. The club allowed students to explore their creative sides and create a few architectural masterpieces.
“I’m building a house,” said first-grader Andy Parker. “Right here’s the fire place and I’m going to put a TV over there.”
Parker and his friends all created homes, each varying in size and shape.
Older kids weren’t left out of the club action at Marion. Zumba and “Hunger Games” clubs consumed those in the upper grades.
Kids in Zumba danced to the rhythm of modern music and kept active during sessions in the auditorium.
Avid readers got to explore the book “Hunger Games” and even participated in activities centered on events in the book.
Those interested in learning a new craft could participate in Art or Knitting clubs.
“I knew how to knit a few years ago, but forgot,” said Kiana Washburn. “The Knitting Club has really helped me brush up on what I knew and learn some new skills.”
Kids in all seven clubs from the school seemed to enjoy spending their Friday afternoons at the school and look forward to what activities parents have planned next year.
“I hope I can do this again,” said Luke Lytle before returning to his Lego mansion.
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