319 club begins meetings

Ashley Chase and Stephen King

The recently created 319 club has begun their monthly meetings in Ms Nichols’ room.

“It’s like a nonprofit to help send underprivileged kids to Pinecove,” Alexis Livingston said. “[Pinecove] is a Christian camp and there’s one down out back in Tyler.”

The club was created when a group of girls who regularly go to Pinecove watched a video about an underprivileged kid at the camp.

“A group of girls, like my friends,  came up with the idea of this club because we go to this camp every summer and we saw a video on this girl that was a foster child,” Madellyn Joly said. “She was in a orphanage and she went to Pinecove and one of the kids that was in her cabin, their parents ended up fostering her and adopting her. So we’re trying to raise enough money to send one child to the summer camp.”

Pinecove is a christian camp that involves several outdoor activities for children and teens.

“I love the camp because it gets me closer to my friends I already have and makes me adventure out of my comfort zone and learn a lot of new things,” Joly said.

The club’s main goal is to raise the money to send a child to Pinecove through a variety of fundraisers and donations.

“So far we haven’t really had a lot of time to have the donations yet because the club is still really new, it hasn’t been started very long ago, we’ve only had two meetings,” Joly said. “But we’re going to be doing fundraisers and different things to try to raise the money and different things around the school to try to get the money, but I don’t know what some of the things were going to do are, I just know that we’re going to be having fundraisers.”

The club’s most recent meeting discussed various potential fundraising ideas, such as bake sales, making bracelets, or door to door donations, and ideas for a t-shirt design.

“It’s so much fun,” Joly said. “We always have snacks and candy at the meetings and we all just talk. It’s a Christian club and we talk about new things in our life and problems. It’s a really fun club.”

The club involves both girls and guys and meetings give the students a chance to mingle and get to know one another.

“The club’s really good,” Livingston said. “I like all the people in it. Everyone’s super nice and you can tell they’re all there for a good reason.”

But though the club has a large focus on fundraising and bonding, it is still always centered around the group’s shared religious beliefs and core values.

“Even with all the fundraising that you have to do you still have time to do ministry and a little devotion for the day,” Livingston said.