The Effect of COVID-19 Restrictions on Extracurricular Clubs

By Chloe Bernstein

According to Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution shares many parallels to the impact of the novel Coronavirus on our community, as the pandemic is keeping us on our toes, forcing us to adapt to the new “status quo” in our local community. In order to survive in the midst of this pandemic, we must all be amenable to changing and altering our ways. We see the widespread impact of the virus at our high school, as many extracurricular activities and clubs have been restructured so that they can operate in a safe way.

I am the co-President of Glamour Girls, and the mission of our club is to promote student empathy and awareness for the elderly in the Armonk community by fostering relationships between teens and senior citizens. Our club works exclusively with the residents of the Bristal, and in traditional years, we have visited the Bristal and played card games with the residents, painted their nails for them, and watched movies with them. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has impeded our ability to interact with the residents in-person. While we are patiently waiting for the time when we can safely interact with the residents of the Bristal once again, we have developed a few virtual, Coronavirus friendly ways in which we can still influence the senior population. According to junior Sydney Levy, the co-President of Glamour Girls, “We have asked our club members to create meaningful cards for the Bristal community, which we are planning on sending over to the Bristal. In addition to cards, we are planning some Zooms in which we can play virtual games with the residents and become an active part of their lives. Although this is not comparable to spending in-person time with the seniors, even these small efforts can have a big impact on their lives.”

One of the most attended to school events in our local community is the annual Alzheimer’s walk at SUNY Purchase. The event serves as the primary means of raising money for Alzheimer’s research that the Growth and Awareness Club for Alzheimer’s promotes. The novel Coronavirus has disrupted this annual tradition, forcing the event to take place online. According to Remi Matza, the Co-President of GAGA, “It has been difficult to have a widespread impact across the school community and raise enough funds to reach our goal due to the current school structure and virtual walk. We have been heavily relying on our club participants to spread the word and talk to as many people as possible about donating to our chapter page. We are confident that we will be able to reach our goal with a little more persistence and community involvement.”

The Coronavirus has thrown us a major curveball, but as evidenced by the strong efforts provided by the local community to maintain a sense of normalcy, extracurricular activities have been restored. The only way we will be able to overcome the struggles brought upon by the pandemic is to be responsive and prepared to modify our lifestyles when necessary.