As the school year begins here at Braden River and across Manatee County, students are given the opportunity to apply and join student clubs and organizations. Some join Key Club, others are accepted into National Honor Society, and many others participate in the variety of clubs that Braden River High School offers. This school year, students had the opportunity to join a new club, the Pirate Serteens.
The idea comes from juniors Marcella Richardson and Victoria Najmy.
"Originally, what motivated me to start this club was my dad's active membership in the South Manatee Sertoma Club," Najmy said.
Richardson adds: "As we got started, benefitting children became a passion and a first priority."
Sertoma is an international organization founded on the acronym for Service to Mankind. The club aims to uphold these values by serving the local community through good citizenship, service, freedom, opportunity, and positive peer association.
This club caters towards the busy students by giving letting them choose their meeting day from either Wednesdays, Fridays, or a mixture of both. The Wednesday and Friday meetings will handle the same material. Victoria Najmy will lead the Wednesday meetings, and Marcella Richardson will be in charge of the Friday meetings. This will allow students who are busy certain days of the week to be able to participate in a service club.
A leadership committee will be chosen from the applicants. It will consist of five responsibly committed students who will be interviewed and selected by the first week of October. These members will be in charge of service opportunities and making important decisions for the benefit of the club.
Sertoma focuses on disabled citizens, specifically those who are hearing impaired. To incorporate this aspect into Serteens, Richardson and Najmy have started to learn sign language, and as a part of the club, they will be holding sign language workshops. These workshops will help members learn the language and allow them to better communicate with those who are hearing impaired.
The club's advisor is Mrs. Zeris, one of Braden River's secretaries in Student Services.
The Pirate Serteen's held an ice cream social on Sept. 7 in which over 100 prospective members listened to information and future plans of the club. Students were able to pick up applications, talk to the leaders and supervisor, and enjoy a cold treat right after school.
Serteen's held their first organized club meetings on Sept. 19 and 21. During this meeting, members learned information about upcoming events and fundraisers and played various games to get to know each other.
Richardson and Najmy hope to inspire students to fulfill their passion, and for the club to continue to flourish into the future.