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 (N through Y):
Photography Club. Blind/visually impaired students can practice their camera and photo-taking skills in this popular club. They learn about all the elements of a good picture, from lighting to timing. Students take on photography assignments, have meetings, and debate how to get that perfect shot, creating works of art.
Poetry Out Loud. The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is a national event, and high school students interested in the literary arts have opportunities to practice reciting the poems they choose. Students focus on poise, tone, body language, and rhythm as ways to express the “voice” and inner meaning of the poem they choose. After weeks of practice, participating students give a recital to the student body. Qualifying candidates go to the state competition, where they compete for the chance to move up to the national competition.
Science Fair. The yearly Science Fair is a chance for students to show off their scientific knowledge, and they can do it any way they want. Projects can range from how electromagnetic fields work to local marine life. Bringing together a wide range of topics at the Science Fair prompts students to practice creativity and curiosity, and to develop a love for science.
Ski Club. For nearly 30 years, blind/visually impaired students have participated in the Blind Ski Club. Every year, students with high grades, good behavior, and participation in school activities go on a once-a-year ski trip to the Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. There they meet and ski with peers from all over the country.
SkillsUSA. The national SkillsUSA organization is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to empower students to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Through SkillsUSA involvement, students in career and technical education courses gain skills in specialized disciplines, manage activities, and lead meetings. They also participate in local, state and national competitions to demonstrate their skills in a variety of areas including culinary arts, commercial baking, graphic design, photography, public speaking, and more.
Spelling Bee. Every spring, blind/visually impaired Middle School students compete for prizes in the annual Spelling Bee. Students practice spelling difficult words throughout the school year; the Bee provides an opportunity for a student to become Spelling Champion for their school.
Student Government. High School students can experience leadership by running for offices such as class president, treasurer, or secretary, and make their mark on history. The responsibilities they have are real—from fundraising to school festivals to class-wide field trips to planning and organizing events. Students can join the Student Council in their respective schools, where leaders discuss issues facing the local community and student body, and try to craft ways to resolve them.
Yearbook Club. Students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired have separate yearbook clubs. Students who participate in this activity are engaged in all of the traditional tasks of planning, producing and printing their class yearbook.
Young Life. Students can, through the Young Life program, engage with like-minded peers in club activities, weekly meetings, and summer camp endeavors.