JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Orchard Elementary's first ever, after school club is a big hit with students.
"It's called Club Discover," explained Teacher Lyndsey Miller. "They get hands-on time to learn about science and some math, and they really get excited about it."
About four dozen students meet once a month after school for the club. Miller said it all started with a student she had several years ago.
"Andrew Selzer just always told me he wanted to start a Science Club," Miller said. "So, we finally got it going and it really took off."
"It's just so fun to see what happens when you put two elements together," explained Selzer who is now a fourth grader. He comes to every meeting to help with the other students. "It's exciting to see something that was just an idea make them so happy and excited to learn."
"It's just heart-warming to see a student grow like Andrew, and to see the other kids get excited. He's their mentor," Miller said.
There is a waiting list for the club. When we visited the school, they learned about density. The children had a lot to say about what they were learning.
"It's about pouring all the bottles together and seeing what happens," said Jacob Johnson, a first grader. "It's not hard when they explain it."
"We get to get messy," said Alaina Crowell. "You can't do that at home. I love it."
"We pour all the bottles and you make a mess," said Owen Masters. "I don't think I want to drink it but we learned what it does."
"We get to do fun experiments and it's really interesting," said Lauren Wilson.
According to the district, the Jackson R-2 Foundation awarded the club a $500 grant to support their efforts. They will continue next year to provide hands on activities after school for students.
"I just love to see them learn," Miller said.