LOWELL | The next club joining the extracurricular ranks at Lowell High School is expected to be a Bible study/fellowship group.
A sizable contingent of teens recently made a pitch to the Tri-Creek School Board. The board is expected to act on the request at Thursday's meeting.
Board President Doug Ward told the students and a handful of parents to expect no problem from the board.
"We want to bring students together," sophomore Teagan Murphy said. "Those who feel outcast can come to this group, and we won't judge them."
She said teens face so much temptation today, and the hope is to make a difference in some lives.
"All around us, it's just declining," she said.
Superintendent Debra Howe asked whether any of the students had participated in mission trips. Senior Jack White said he had.
"Community service is very important to us," Howe said.
She suggested a community service component should be included in the club's organization.
White said those who don't believe in Christianity will be welcomed.
He said he hopes the group can be a welcoming force for change, particularly for those battling drugs and the like.
"If we get a large enough group, we could have a huge impact on bullying," he said.
Junior Julie Rickaby said she envisions a club in which students who now isolate themselves into small groups will intermingle and make friends.
"They can be comfortable," she said.
Vocal music instructor Teri Rickaby said she will serve as the club sponsor.
"When the students came to me, they said our school in general needs to be uplifted in prayer," Teri Rickaby said.
The club can be an oasis for developing knowledge and getting questions answered, she said.
Murphy said she believes many students have not been introduced to any religion because it is not in their homes.
"We could give them the basics," she said. Bible study would be included.
School Board Attorney Monica Conrad said the Bible study club must meet the criteria for any other club at the school. Board policies and procedures that apply should be met and incorporated into the club's regulations.