Coexistence Clubs are the high school component of the Embracing Our Differences Education Initiative with more than 275 high school students participating during the past school year. The first club was formed in 2007 by members of the Riverview High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and immediately became the school’s largest student organization. Under the guidance of Faculty Advisor Dena Sturm, members of the Riverview High School Coexistence Club work in the park daily as docents leading groups of younger students through the exhibit, inspiring them to recognize and understand the messages delivered through the art. Club members provided tours to 6,495 K-8 student visitors to the exhibit this past year.
There are currently four Coexistence Clubs located at Booker High School, North Port High School, Riverview High School, and Sarasota High School. While working within their respective schools and the local community, these dynamic high school students promote Embracing Our Differences’ vision of creating a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice, by helping to make their schools a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.
For more information about our clubs, please contact the respective faculty advisors:
Booker High School: Bretton Varga & Alexandra Hamill
North Port High School: Marilyn Caruso
Riverview High School: Dena Sturm
Sarasota High School: Allison Phinney
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