By Abijah Ahern

The International Club at Laramie High School has begun planning their events schedule for the rest of the year following the Japan Festival.

International Club is focusing on two projects for the holiday season. The club will participate in Operation Christmas Child and will also decorate a tree for the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s Festival of Trees.

Operation Christmas Child is a project that sends clothing, toys and living necessities to children living in third world countries. The project is run through the Samaritan’s Purse Organization.

The club will be preparing their decorations for the UW Festival of Trees during the same time they work on Operation Christmas Child. The International Club has participated in the festival for over five years and plans to continue in their commitment this holiday season. The trees are sold to the highest bidder during a silent auction.

“Last year we did black and white photos of different countries,” club senior leader Kyra Wolff said.

The club meets every other Monday and discusses funding and upcoming projects. The club’s first major event was helping out with the Japan Festival. More than 200 people attended the festival this year.

Along with learning about the global community, service projects are an important part of the club. These projects help members become more informed about other countries and their beliefs.

“In America we are constantly surrounded by our own culture. Most of us don’t know what it’s like in other cultures,” Wolff said.

The French Honors Society and the German Honors Society both require International Club service hours for continued membership.

One of the long-term goals for the International Club leaders this year is to solidify the club’s members.

“I want to keep people in International Club,” Wolff said. “I want to leave a legacy.”

Membership is still open for LHS students interested in the club. Any student can join regardless of previous experience.