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New club focuses on school climate
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WCHS principal Clark George tests out the new display created by the Pioneer Climate Crew. - photo by Lacy Garrison
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Members of the Pioneer Climate Crew pose in front of their new display. Pictured, from left, are Adisyn Judkins, Karissa Smartt, Gracie Gilley, Savannah Winfree, Lia Wright, Kamryn Nowlin, Aiden Cummings, Abigail Ellis, John McClure and Dee Spates lying on the ground. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Making its debut as one of the WCHS’s newest clubs, The Pioneer Climate Crew is wasting no time promoting a positive school culture. 

This week, members created a colorful “Be the I in Kind” backdrop in the hallway for students and teachers to take selfies. Not only does it make the building look more inviting, but it adds an element of fun.

“We’re a big school with different problems so we are trying to help,” explained senior member Karissa Smartt. “Our school is also a little plain so I feel like the beautification projects are definitely needed.” 

As for other projects to reduce the “glum,” Smartt said club members are planning to put signs in the courtyard with positive messages along with flowers. Additionally, they want to make other parts of the school more beautiful, including the bathrooms, by adding encouraging quotes, a fresh coat of paint and even full-length mirrors.

Several in the Pioneer Climate Crew agreed that there’s a list of things they want to implement to change WCHS to make it a better place, including reducing bullying, stopping stereotypes, and increasing self-confidence. 

Last month, through its FUEL program, the Pioneer Climate Crew was able to serve 26 WCHS students, who were provided with a bag of food items to sustain them through the weekend. 

During Halloween, students gave out candy in bags with positive or encouraging messages like “We appreciate you” and “Have a great day!”

“I enjoyed doing the candy because it was a simple way for everyone to get a positive note but it made a big impact,” said senior member Abigail Ellis. “We plan on doing a boutique type thing where students can get clothes and other items and you won’t get judged for that because everyone goes through hard times.”

Right now, The Pioneer Climate Crew has around 60 members. The club is open to any student at WCHS. Club meetings typically take place on Wednesdays.

For more information, contact one of the following club sponsors – Dana Mullican, Mendy Stotts or Darrian Turner. If you’re interested in following along with their projects, check out their Instagram – Pioneer Climate Crew.