Clubs & Activities: A-C

Students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) can take advantage of a wide range of extracurricular clubs and activities. Below is a partial listing (A through C):

Academic Bowl.  The Academic Bowl team brings together academically talented deaf/hard of hearing high school students, who train each year for the Gallaudet University National Academic Bowl.  The team promotes a spirit of academic excellence, competition, and friendship. Students first compete at the regional level, and, if they qualify, go on to the national competition in Washington, DC, vying with students from dozens of schools all over the country.  

After School Wellness Program.  Dedicated to keeping students healthy and fit, the After School Wellness Program provides opportunities for students who like to get out and enjoy the great outdoors to participate in a variety of activities and sports that keep them healthy and active. Students learn that exercising and staying fit can be fun and a way to make friends and build lasting relationships. 

ASL Golf Camp.   Each year, deaf/hard of hearing middle school students nominated by their Physical Education teachers take part in one of nine one-day U.S. Deaf Golf Camp programs across the country taught by Rob Strano, a pro golfer. Each camp provides scholarships that enable students to participate at no cost. Students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of golf and the values inherent to the game at the TPG Sawgrass championship golf course in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Braille Challenge.  Blind/visually impaired students can compete every year in the Braille Challenge where they are tested in regional contests that include reading comprehension, braille speed and accuracy, proofreading, spelling, and reading tactile charts, and graphs. If they do well, they can qualify for the national competition in Los Angeles, pitting their skills against the best competitors from around the country.

Chess Club.  Blind/visually impaired middle and high school students can participate in the Chess Club, which meets twice weekly. Their chess knowledge and skills vary, and they also hone their chess strategies by competing with each other at the junior varsity or varsity levels.

Clay Club.  Blind/visually impaired students, through the Clay Club, learn about ceramics and pottery to create art that they can touch, feel, and shape with their hands. Students have lots of fun while they experience and participate in an art form that everyone can understand and appreciate. 

Close Up.  The Close Up program is designed to give high school students and educators an inside look at their democracy in action. Using the nation’s capital as a living classroom, participants get a “close up” view of government—interacting with the people, processes, and places that make this federal city so unique. They also visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House and other landmarks. 

Cobra Corner.  Blind/visually impaired student vendors, who have completed, or are working in the Culinary program, work at the Cobra Corner on Tuesday evenings. From a wide range of menu items, vendors fulfill orders from students and staff members, campus-wide. An average of six to eight students are on duty at night, gaining valuable food preparation and service experience.

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  The Optimist CCDHH is a scholarship program where students can flex their writing, persuasive, and communication muscles. They compete at the club level, writing and speaking about a topic provided to them, and the winner moves on to the district level, to vie for thousands of dollars in scholarship money against other deaf/hard of hearing students.