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Spotlight: Positivity Club

Spotlight: Positivity Club
Photo by Lucy Rubenstein

Searching for student-based opportunities to make you more positive in your everyday life? Well, Positivity Club could be the perfect fit for you.

Adding to the creation of many student-formed clubs and activities in recent years, the NNHS Positivity Club sparked into existence this past semester. Members come together every other Thursday morning to uplift not only their own attitude but foster gratitude for the world around them. The club’s sponsor, NNHS English teacher and girls cross country and track coach Matt Sniadecki, highlights how the club is built on the members’ contributions of care and optimism about the world around them.

“It’s a collection of kids who want to look at the world positively–glass half-full instead of half-empty–and change the mindsets of people that go day-to-day and not realize that they have more positive in their life than negative,” Sniadecki said.

The club allows students to participate in activities that contribute to the uplifting of others around them, as well as those who are not as fortunate. With the focus on putting the needs of others before your own, communal work and member togetherness, the organization promotes passing the good forward.

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Sophomores Lexi Krumdick and Josephine Olson created the foundation of the club with the hope of uniting students who have optimistic views similar to theirs. Recently, they have spread positivity through affirmations to those who are often overlooked.

“We wrote notes to put on all of the desks in the Special Ed classroom and when Lexi dropped them off, she told me that the teachers there were so happy because no one has done anything like that,” Olson said.

With the participation of this entire club, they were able to be the highlight of someone or some group’s day; but the club isn’t going to stop there. They are ecstatic to see where the future takes them and what they can contribute to next.

“There’s an organization called ‘Do-Rite Donuts,’ and we would sell these donuts at school; then, 20% of the profits would come back to us and then we would hopefully have enough money to make care packages and donate them to women’s shelters,” Olson said.

Along with the future priorities of the club, they are additionally helping their members form connections with future colleges and find their own communities.

“There’s a lot of colleges that have clubs like this, so we wanted to make a bridge from high school clubs to college clubs, so when people go off to college, they have a community that they already feel like they’re a part of,” Krumdick said.

Sniadecki mentioned the Optimism Club at the University of Iowa as an example of the possible connection. The use of joining both secondary and post-secondary students together pushes for the sense of society Positivity Club encourages.

“This is a group of kids who are completely selfless, so it puts teenagers in a good spot which is great for school spirit,” Sniadecki said.

If you’re looking for more information on the club’s next meeting, reach out to Mr. Sniadecki at [email protected].

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Lucy Rubenstein
Lucy Rubenstein, Staff Writer
Lucy Rubenstein is a junior at Naperville North and is enthusiastic about writing for The North Star. She is looking forward to highlighting different viewpoints and events that impact the Naperville North student body. Outside of the newsroom, Lucy is a member of Junior Board and a competitive dancer outside of school.

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