Improv classes back at LHS

Improv classes back at LHS as part of Be the One Mentor program
Posted on 10/02/2018

Last spring’s after-school improv classes offered by the Be the One Mentor program were so popular they will make a return to Lynden High School, starting Oct. 17.

“It went really well and students really enjoyed it,” says Lisa Reynolds, Be the One coordinator at LHS. “We are hoping to have a good group again. It is a great opportunity for anybody not involved in an after-school sport who wants to be involved. The students formed a great community and got to know each other.”

The eight-week class runs on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 17, after school in the LHS library from 2:30 p.m. until about 4 p.m. Sign-ups are this week. Sponsored by Be the One, the classes are open to any high school students, but the class does have a 20-person limit. Sign-ups are this week. Reynolds says she is also looking for adult volunteers to help support class leaders Nancy McHarness and Ramona Slagle. Those thinking about getting involved in Be the One’s mentorship program may be a good fit to volunteer to see what it is like working with teenagers.

Last spring’s group brought in a diverse mix of students. With no previous theater experience needed and Slagle leading a bilingual aspect of the class, Reynolds says the unique Lynden perspective only added to the already important skills of self-confidence, communication and people skills learned through improv. “Those are things we want people to have,” she says. “There is personal development aspect and just the opportunity to connect in community that is important for the well-being of our students and student engagement.”

Students from last spring’s class say the time was a great stress release for them, offering a healthy outlet at school. Reynolds says the business world has already turned to improv as a way of training employees in developing flexibility and the ability to think on your feet.

“It touches on all those social-emotional pieces that we don’t always think about when we are at school,” she says. “It also gives students an opportunity to interact with adults in a safe environment and see they are part of a community outside of the high school walls.”