As the school year rapidly approaches its end, the Z-Club of Auburn is continuing to make a difference in our community. Taking on yet another major service project, managing an annual fundraiser, and participating in various other service opportunities in the community, the members of Z-Club continue to positively represent Auburn High School as a place that fosters service and personal growth.

Auburn High School’s Z-Club members have recently partnered up with Herman Avenue Elementary's STEM Club to tutor and assist students in hands-on activities. This school service project aimed to help build student skills in multiple areas. A group of Z-Club members went to Herman Elementary for an hour after school each week to work with the elementary school students. Our club members helped students with their homework, guided them through STEM-based activities and experiments, and played educational games with them. One of the activities involved building a catapult, hypothesizing which object would catapult the farthest, and then testing our hypotheses. The program lasted roughly two months and was available to the students multiple days a week. Every Z-Club member participated at least once and some multiple times, as they enjoyed working with the students. They found it to be a rewarding endeavor, especially upon seeing the excitement on the faces of the children. The younger students enjoyed the experience so much that Herman Elementary has invited our club to continue the program for another six weeks.

Z-Club also recently held its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s. Many members sold tickets and volunteered to work the event, doing things like seating patrons, serving meals, clearing dishes and mingling with the guests. The fundraiser was a success for the community service-based club, enabling it to continue to serve local and international organizations while generating funds that allow the club to continue to do amazing and inspiring projects. Z-Club of Auburn has great appreciation for the continued support from community members, reminding all of its members just how powerful we can be when we all come together.

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Aside from the two large service projects already completed, Z-Club members have immersed themselves in various other community service activities. One of these activities included partaking in a beautification day at Seward Elementary School this past March. Members of Z-Club helped to scrape, prime and paint the lockers at Seward Elementary, so kids could come back to school and learn in a brighter environment! Some Z-Club members also volunteered at the soup kitchen, helping to prepare and serve food alongside volunteers from other organizations in Auburn, including our mother organization, the Zonta Club of Auburn. These experiences are cherished by young Z-Club members who greatly admire the Auburn Zontians; they are model citizens who have continued to give back to their community in their adulthood.

Z-Club of Auburn is excited for what is to come in the last few weeks, and grateful for the amazing opportunities it has had to grow, thanks to the dedication of its members and the support of our community. Our final international service project will begin in a few weeks. In the meantime, you will find Z-Club members planting flowers downtown for Auburn BID, and volunteering at Majorpalooza.

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Ashley Reilly, Olivia Morgan and Grace Morgan are members of the Z-Club at Auburn High School. For more information on the Zonta Club of Auburn, visit zonta.org or zontadistrict2.org.