June 03, 2009 In a community where some find it easier to stand on the sidelines and comment or criticize a handful of residents have proven that actions do indeed speak louder than words when it comes to overcoming obstacles.
When budget issues forced the Capac School District to cut art and computer programs from the elementary school, parent Sandy Sams wanted to find a way to make sure the young students didn't miss out on those classes. Sam recruited other parents to brainstorm ideas to bring those enrichment experiences back to the elementary students.
From there the PEAK Club was born. An acronym for 'Promoting Enrich-ment Activities for Kids' the club is run by volunteers including Sam, Jennifer Witt, Michelle Schroeder, Karrie Goddearis and new recruit Laurie Closurdo. After seeking and attaining approval through the school district, the PEAK Club offers youngsters an opportunity to take classes that aren't part of the regular curriculum for a small fee. Classes are held after school, and include subjects like art, science—including hands-on experiments—computer instruction, crafts, basketball, cheerleading and sports clinics all for a cost of just $5 to $10. since the club's inception enrollment has reached the 300 mark, with 100 percent positive parental feedback.
Because of the PEAK Club program's success, the organizers are looking to add more enrichment classes including theater, dance, cooking and chess.
Through determination and creative thinking, PEAK Club organizers prove that actions do speak louder than words—especially when it involves overcoming obstacles for the greater good.