Recently, the Nantucket High School Diversity Club held a food drive to support the Nantucket Food Bank by collecting canned goods and other non-perishables from NHS advisories. The purpose of the drive was to spread awareness for the need for food in the community and to encourage students to get involved and help donate food. The Diversity Club deemed this drive a success; they collected a lot amount of food.
Senior Jazzmine Butler, Diversity Club leader, stated that the goal of the club is to “show the student body that as a school we are very diverse, and are always willing to help and support our community in whatever way they can, whenever we can.”
Junior Maxx Cunningham is an active member of the community. He is a member of the basketball ball and baseball team, an honor roll student, and while he is not a Diversity Club member, he was able to speak to the positive impact the Club has on the school: “the Diversity Club, with all of its events community-wide, is a great thing for our school. It shows that we are not afraid of different views of things, and of course always love to help our community in whatever ways we can.”
In addition to the food drive, The Diversity Club also hosts several other programs around the community, each designed to educate people about the Club and celebrate our diverse school and island. The Whaling museum often hosts diversity nights, where students, as well as community members, gather to celebrate diversity.
These events offer occasions for Club members as well members of the community to gather together and celebrate the Diversity Club mission.
The Club also takes field trips. To fund these trips, the student members sell one dollar lollipops to other students or teachers in their classes and around the school. The Club has also been planning a field trip to Cape Cod Community College, where they will meet with other Diversity Clubs from schools around the state. Butler says that while they are on the field trip the Clubs “split off into groups, and we learn a little about each other, and about ourselves.”
The Diversity Club is a great way for the students of our school to be themselves and make a difference in our community. Events like the food drive are great for the Club to advertise themselves, but also to show how much they care about the Nantucket community.