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 (D through M):
D&B Designs. D&B Designs is a school-based enterprise that prepares students for careers in digital design, manufacturing, marketing, business, customer service, and entrepreneurship. Students use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to produce customized t-shirts, mugs, banners, hats, plaques, coasters, etc. This program, tied to high school career and technical education courses, affords students the opportunity to practice soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace such as teamwork, dependability, meeting deadlines, communicating effectively, organization skills, and following directions.
Drama Club. Blind/visually impaired students can join the Drama Club, where they can learn about theatre and the arts. They create stories, and scripts, explore the range of human emotions, learn to perform, and find out what it’s like to be onstage.
Garden Club. The Dragon Flowers Garden Club, now in its 12th year, is an after school activity for interested High School and Continuing Education boarding students. Elementary students are also involved, on occasion. The club does landscape work on campus and at the President’s residence, and is involved in community service projects in the St. Augustine area. Some of these projects include the Lincolnville Community Garden, the St. Johns County Courthouse garden and the gardens of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Government in Action. Every year, blind/visually impaired students can participate in a writing contest sponsored by local electric cooperatives. They write about an issue or problem and the student chosen as the winner joins dozens of other students in Florida and goes on a tour of Washington, DC. There, they can meet with government leaders and elected officials, and gain an understanding of the political process.
In Touch. Students who experience both vision and hearing loss can network through InTouch. Since its inception, InTouch has helped students interact with peers, sharing similar stories, challenges, and aspirations. They learn ways to live independently, advocate for their needs, and test out assistive technology. With the help of the state deafblind project, students can participate with deafblind peers in annual Southeast Region Transition Institutes. By working together, students build friendships, community resources, and confidence to make the transition to adulthood.
Jump Rope for Heart. Each year students take part in the American Heart Association (AHA) Jump Rope For Heart fundraising campaign, as part of their Physical Education curriculum. Campus-wide student involvement raises awareness of heart health issues and empowers them to learn the value of community service and contributing to their community’s well being. Top fundraisers have the opportunity to “slime” the assistant principal and teachers in the physical education department, as well as earn prizes from the AHA.
Junior NAD. The Junior National Association of the Deaf, established in 1960 by the NAD, offers deaf/hard of hearing high students opportunities to develop and hone their leadership, citizenship, and community service skills. Students involved in the Junior NAD chapter focus on community service and school projects – they host “Winterfest,” an all-day campus festival, which takes place the day before the school winter break.
MathCounts. A middle school program, MathCounts is a nationwide competition hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Students can take on problems related to mathematical reasoning and accuracy both as individuals and as a team. In the spring, they travel NITD/RIT to compete against deaf students from across the country.