Japanese Club is a popular, unique offering at Prairie Hills Elementary. It is sponsored by Mrs. Cervera and Ms. Klancke who both attended month-long Japan study tours and have other connections to Japan and its culture. Japanese Club is a hands-on class with numerous fun learning activities. Students make Japanese crafts, learn to write some words in Japanese, eat Japanese foods, listen to Japanese folktales and study many different aspects of Japanese culture and geography. Older students (grade 2 -5) in this club also learn basic skills to create a manga (comic book) character and use their creativity to make an artistic obento snack that is pleasing to the eye. Participants receive "souvenirs" and also take home their notebook and crafts.
For kindergarten and first grade students, typically this four-hour course is offered on two Thursdays after school from 2:30 - 4:30 sometime between February and May. For 2nd- 5th grades, the six-hour course runs after school on three Thursdays from 2:30 - 4:30 sometime between February and May.