This coming fall, the Z-Club at Laramie High School will be covering the cracks of the sidewalk at the high school with red sand. It is all part of the Red Sand Project which raises awareness about human trafficking around the world. 

Tamara Bretting, a Chemistry teacher at LHS, explained what Z-Club is, and how it was created. 

“Zonta is an international organization for women, and they created Z-Club as an alternative for Key Club for Girls.” 

Originally, Key Club was a Club for guys because KIWANIS was an organization of men. Recently, however, they have changed into a group for all students.  

The Z-Club is involved in many other events and projects around the world and locally.  

Bretting explained some things that the Z-Club is involved in. 

“Z-Club is a service and advocacy club, helping women around the world, and improving their lives. They do service projects such as a ‘Days for Girls’ project, where they make reusable hygiene kits for girls who don’t have access to that in third world countries.” 

They sell cupcakes at LHS plays as a fundraiser called “Cupcakes for Cambodia”, where the profits go to support human trafficking victims in places like Cambodia.  

There are multiple clubs similar to Z-Club at LHS. They are service oriented clubs that benefit the community and the members through possible scholarships or future job opportunities. 

Interact and Key Club are an example of some of these clubs, and are sponsored under their parent organizations, Rotary and KIWANIS respectively.  

Interact Club is a student version of Rotary Club, which encourages students’ involvement in community service. 

There are also many scholarship opportunities for members of Interact, and the only restriction to those scholarships is that they can be used for a Wyoming college.  

Rotary sponsors a “student of the month”, where adults take interest in seniors and provide scholarships. Seniors are chosen to go to a free lunch at O’Dwyers every Thursday. Scholarships are awarded in May.

Key Club has helped set up trunk-or-treat in past years, and completely set up and run the Easter egg hunt every year at Kiwanis park.  

Although they technically have an adviser, William Plumb, the club is mostly member-run. He will step in if they need an adult there and facilitate overall management of the club.  

Overall these clubs all fit together to help different needs in our local and global community. They teach compassion, selflessness and initiative.  

“Service is important, and to give kids that experience in high school really sets them up to be service members of their community and to continue to impact people in a positive way,” Bretting said. 

These service clubs at LHS help build members’ character, provide them with opportunity for jobs and college scholarships, and prepare them for the future.