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RHS Clubs Hold Recruitment Day
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From chess to math and from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) to Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) there are more clubs at Riverbank High School than you might think.

Friday was Club Day at the school and they all came to the quad behind the library at lunch to promote their claims to a student's time and interest and sign up members.

The freshmen through senior classes and nearly all the sports teams from volleyball to tennis also had a recruiting table in efforts to bolster the number of members in their organizations.

Even the U.S. Marine Corps was allowed to place an exhibit in a bright red tent at a corner where a Marine demonstrating chin ups on a bar drew a steady stream of imitators.

While organizations like the Hispanic Youth Leadership Council have been around RHS for many years, the science and chess groups are new this season and the math club making only its second appearance, said teacher Christine Perez who together with Nancy Garcia oversees the clubs.

Future Farmers of America members appeared in their full blue uniforms embroidered in gold, while Drama Club members turned out in stage costumes left over from their performance of 'Through The Looking Glass.'

The FFA group brought a tent for shade and gathered extra attention with a baby goat called Mini and a couple of caged rabbits panting against the heat.

"North Dakota is the only state in the U.S. that has not been hit by an earthquake. Learn more in the Science Club," read a placard on that club's table.

Also represented were Interact, which works with Riverbank Rotarians in doing volunteer work in the community and Step By Step, which teaches students to do good works such as teaching computer skills to low income families.

The Trinity Club promoting the value of prayer and Bible study had a table there. They were announcing their annual "See you at the Flagpole" event on Wednesday, Sept. 23 when members link hands around the flagpole and pray before the start of the school day.

While meeting outside school hours, generally at lunchtime, all the clubs have to be formally organized and recognized by the school. They must draw up a budget, for example, choose officers and keep minutes of their meetings, said Perez.