Coexistence Clubs are the high school component of the Embracing Our Differences Education Initiative with more than 275 high school students participating during the past school year. The first club was formed in 2007 by members of the Riverview High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and immediately became the school’s largest student organization. Under the guidance of Faculty Advisor Dena Sturm, members of the Riverview High School Coexistence Club work in the park daily as docents leading groups of younger students through the exhibit, inspiring them to recognize and understand the messages delivered through the art. Club members provided tours to 7,708 K-8 student visitors to the exhibit this past year.
There are currently three Coexistence Clubs located at Booker High School, North Port High School and Riverview High School. While working within their respective schools and the local community, these dynamic high school students promote Embracing Our Differences’ vision of creating a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice, by helping to make their schools a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.
For more information on our clubs, please contact the respective faculty advisor for more information: Gail Foreman at Booker High School; Denise Brislin or Nancy Hawkins at North Port High School or Dena Sturm at Riverview High School.
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