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Organizations Take Center Stage At School
From cross country to drama, Interact to colorguard, students at Riverbank High School got a good look at everything there is to do on and around campus at Friday's annual Club Day.

A barbecue lunch was served up by the AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, students to those that had purchased tickets and all students had the chance to mingle in the quad at lunchtime to hear music and visit with representatives of the various clubs.

Junior class president Janelle Luu was helping set up ahead of time, getting colorful balloons attached to a number of tables. She also is active in Interact, which is the high school version of the Rotary service club.

"It's a good form of community service," she said of getting involved with Interact. "It helps the community and it looks great on college applications."

Toni Adams, also a junior, said students have a variety of options on campus.

"You can learn new things, meet new people," she said of taking the time to get involved.

Handling the grilling duties, cooking up the hot dogs for lunch, were juniors Sammy Gong and Gabby Ortiz, both of whom are involved in the AVID program. The barbecue was a way, they noted, to raise money to go on college tours.

AVID teacher and advisor Nancy Garcia said members of AVID also sold hot dog dinners at Back to School Night earlier in the week and were cooking up 120 lunches on Friday. Garcia and English teacher/Activities Director Christiane Perez agreed that AVID is beneficial for students, especially those looking to get a head start on their path to college.

Perez also pointed out that the Associated Student Body helps coordinate the Club Day, encouraging all existing on-campus clubs and organizations to take part.

Also on hand, representing the Upward Bound program out of Modesto Junior College, was Santiago Uvina, recruiting underclassmen.

"It's a free college program, with tutoring and workshops," he explained.

Officially known as TRIO-Upward Bound, the program offers support to first generation and/or low income high school students interested in going to college.

"We've been at Riverbank for four years and we recently got funded for another five," Uvina said.

He also works with schools in Ceres, Patterson and Modesto encouraging college attendance, and the program offers weekly tutoring, college readiness workshops and a variety of field trips.

Organizers said the Club Day was a success, with multiple groups represented and able to recruit potential new members.