Deerfield High School junior Daniel Polotsky wanted to find a way to help out local kids. So much so, that he contacted his nearby Optimist Club (which is an organization that specializes in assisting children in whatever way possible) and asked if he could join.
When Polotsky learned he had to be 18 years old to join the Optimist Club, he felt he had to do something. So he contacted Lynn Zwyers, of the Optimist Club of Deerfield.
"Daniel asked to join our organization, but he wasn't old enough to," Zwyers said. "So him and others banded together to do this."
The "this" Zwyers is referring to is a new after school group at Deerfield High School known as the Octagon Club, which has its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, October 25.
The Octagon Club is basically the same concept as an Optimist Club - which has more than 2,900 branches worldwide - except that this club is the first group of its kind at DHS for students under the age of 18.
Great Turnout For First Meeting
Almost 40 people attended the group's first meeting. Once the Warriors' football and soccer seasons come to an end later this month, the Octagon Club expects its attendance to rise.
Currently, over 100 people have friended the Octagon Club's new page on facebook.
"Our mission is to do community service for kids," Polotsky, who was named the club's president, said.
The group plans on meeting once a week, every Tuesday after school, and will discuss ways to help children in even more detail at their next meeting. They already have some ideas in the works.
"One idea is to raise money to try and help a DHS senior who can't afford to go to college do so," Aaron Katz, one of the group's vice presidents (along with Kevin Brenner and Nathan Lauderback), said.
"Another idea we had was to raise money to help out other groups at our school such as the Human Rights Club, which tries to help fight child and human trafficking," Katz added.
They hope to assist younger children locally too.
"We'd like to have some or all of our members perhaps try and volunteer some of their time at local Boys & Girls Clubs," Polotsky said.
There is a $10 fee to join the group, but the amount of good the Octagon Club plans on doing for kids in the community makes any fee a worthwhile cause.
"We had a good first day turnout, and we expect a lot more people to join soon," Polotsky said. "We especially would like to see more DHS sophomores come out to the meetings."