The Governor Livingston Spanish Club is a great way to learn a foreign language outside the classroom, while also having fun with friends. The club is run by Laura Ferriera, who teaches Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and Spanish 3.
The club explores Spanish culture and language by watching Spanish movies, eating Spanish foods, and learning about the cultures of different Spanish countries. In previous years, the club has gone to Red Bulls Soccer games, hosted movie nights, and eaten at various Spanish restaurants.
Catherine Lawrence, senior and President of the Spanish Club, has a new idea for the club to do around the holidays this year. “I want to decorate cookies for ‘Feliz Navidad.”
However, this is not the only thing club members are looking forward to. Senior Alex Pupo, Secretary of the Spanish Club, is most excited for their annual “Cena y Cine.” He explained, “We spend the night watching a movie and eating cultural foods.”
He added that his favorite aspect is that members can “just have a good time”. Other members often bring in food to meetings and vote on what movies to watch.
Both officers would like to add a field trip this year. They are considering a trip to Spanish Tavern, a restaurant in Mountainside that serves Spanish food, in order to relate more to the clubs topics of interest. They are planning to fundraise for any trips by selling t-shirts and candy skull pops to the student body.
Junior Naomi Brogden has been in the Spanish Club since she was a freshman. She said that she joined because “after learning the basic vocabulary in class, my friends and I like using Spanish Club as a fun way to practice.”
Pupo stressed that it is important to have a Spanish Club so students can take part in learning the language even if they cannot take the class. “You can learn Spanish through the fun aspects of [the language]. There's the food, there's music, there are dances. There’s not only just speaking [Spanish] and getting graded on it.”
The Spanish Club combines the educational and cultural aspects of the language to create an enriching experience beyond the classroom.