Cooper highlights almost 30 clubs for students to join

“The quality of life is determined by its activities.” 


District 21 students spend approximately six hours in classrooms, five days a week learning math, science, reading and a variety of other subjects. But it’s the after school activities and clubs that offer additional enrichment opportunities for our students. According to, afterschool programs can support social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe and supportive environment for children and youth. The programs also give students an outlet for their creativity or enable them to learn a new skill. 

At Cooper Middle School, there are close to 30 different clubs that students can join. “There are tons of opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities,” said Dave DeMuth, principal. “We have sports, music and other clubs that allow students to connect with others of the same interest, provides a safe place to engage and gives students a sense of belonging.” Clubs like band and choir compete with other schools, while activities like Fitness Club allows members to work out in the fitness center on certain mornings. The Garden Club is rebuilding Cooper’s courtyard while the Acceptance Alliance Club promotes LGBTQ+ initiatives, including kindness and inclusion. 

Does your student want to start a new club? Principal DeMuth typically says “yes” to any additional club that students want to form. His only requirement is an adult sponsor to run the program and students to participate. 

Check out some of the Cooper clubs here and have your student consider joining one.