Growing up in a European country and never witnessing what it's like to go to an American school, watching American high school comedies, to me, has always been a pretty surreal experience. I'm sure that most of you fellow non-Americans reading this article could relate to me on this.

There are so many things about American schools that have always seemed utterly fascinating to me. For instance, you get letter grades instead of number ones, schools have swimming pools inside them, there's a club for almost anything, you have to get a hall pass to go to the bathroom during class, and lunch meals are usually pretty bizarre. The list goes on. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to look through this list of tweets from non-American Twitter users in which they share things that they find the strangest about American schools. Feel free to explain to us the things we don't understand or add your own in the comment section!

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GC
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10 months ago

I don’t ever know what A levels etc. are. One of these days I need to look it up.

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konnarw1
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10 months ago (edited)

mine starts at 8:00 till 3:00

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

1. Usually 2. Usually

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

Yes, because if you're in the hall without one, then you MUST be commiting murder (Sarcasm lads)

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

It didn't when I was a kid, but it does for my children. I hate it.

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Michelle C
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10 months ago

Yep and we decorate them too!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, don't you?

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Ms.M.
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10 months ago

That's always bugged me too.

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Yep, even a snowboard & skiing club in the Midwest.

Dana
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10 months ago

I'm in Wisconsin, did your school have a "Drive your tractor to school day"?

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

they're called extracurriculars and play a big part in university application process

Brandon Collinsworth
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10 months ago

Sorry but I think America wins on this one. Our kids get to find things that interest them, meet other people with the same interest, and have the structure of the school to nurture and grow those interests.

Troux
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10 months ago

Keeps the kids active and engaged, and often helps with parenting when the kid stays at school making art until 5:30, rather than coming home and needing a ride to a separate private art class after the parents get home from work.

DogMatic
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10 months ago

Was the other way round for us. If we finished school at "normal" time, we could get the school bus home. If we did any extracurricular activities, there would be no bus available to get home afterwards. Those who lived further than walking distance, & whose parents has no car, or were busy working, had no way to get home if they stayed late for extra art/music/sport etc activities.

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Bloxmakesgames2019
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10 months ago

Our school actually has a fishing club

Bowtechie
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10 months ago

I mean, this isn't unique to the US... Japan's school system is very club-heavy as well.

rgr8
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10 months ago

My school actually had a fishing club!

Gwenda Christenson
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10 months ago

Because we like our kids to be well rounded and have opportunities to do things. How else do you find if you like computer graphics, drama, cheerleading, etc.? We don't always calls them clubs though.

YosemiteCat
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10 months ago

Because it gives us a way to connect and talk about things we like

JessG
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10 months ago

Who the heck is this person that they don’t understand clubs?! If you don’t have extracurricular interests, don’t join. Weird question, and it’s not only in the US

GC
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10 months ago

Why no thanks? It’s not like you’re forced to participate. If you live in an area where some activity is common there is usually a club in school. I live in a popular golfing town so we had golf clubs ( no pun intended) but I hate golf so I didn’t join. Those who wanted to-did. A great activity for them. No thanks??

MAnahP
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10 months ago

We had clubs like that in New Zealand.

Nathan Pogorzala
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10 months ago

Then don't join.

Amy Pattie
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10 months ago

Dude I’d love a school with a rock climbing or cosplay club.

I'm a makeup addict
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10 months ago

me too

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Sean Harrison
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10 months ago

When I was in High School back in the 80's I was in the Marksmanship Club. After school we could go out onto the field and shoot targets with a .22 rifle. Yes, back then you could actually go to school with a gun and not freak everyone out. There was also an Archery Club as well.

Salty Old Woman
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10 months ago

Why not?? This almost sounds like an excuse to complain about Americans?

Seth Linn
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10 months ago

No idea, but they can help people socialize and feel better about themselves. Some of them are just cash grabs though.

JessG
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10 months ago (edited)

Academic clubs are preferred for college transcripts, other clubs are to keep kids busy and for kids to find other kids with hobbies in common.

Colin L
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10 months ago

Yep. Math club, chess club, Amnesty international, and dozens of creepy religious cults. In the schools.

theoneand_only
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10 months ago

we have a fishing club

Forty-Two
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10 months ago

My school has a tea club

spirit wolf
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10 months ago

Oohh.... that's the club for me.

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TheGr81sComing
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10 months ago

TSA Club (Technology Student Association) was the best at my school

Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

I didn’t read your () at first, and thought they were training students for the airport security checks

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Lesbean Bookworm
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10 months ago

To be fair, I don't understand fishing club either. But yes we have one

Eric Law
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10 months ago

It's so no matter what you're interested in, you can list "extracurricular activities" when applying to colleges.

elia 84631
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10 months ago

Mostly in Universities.

Juliette
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10 months ago

bible club for me yall

Rae Black
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10 months ago

I'm pretty sure there is a fishing club somewhere

Dave P
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10 months ago

Depends on the school what clubs you have. My school had Chess, Computer, Poetry, Sports Clubs, and Academic Clubs.

Diane Patrick
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10 months ago

Same in New Zealand.

Livvyol
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10 months ago

I wish my school had clubs. You could play on the football team or.....the football team. 😅

JustAWeirdoGirlChild
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10 months ago

we have a fishing sport here

Savannah Mcquillan
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10 months ago

That sounds nice

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ArtistinResidence
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10 months ago

There are a lot of kids with various interests and they like to hang out together and do things! Ski club, swim club, theater. It’s a great way to hang with your friends or find people who share common interests.

Kayla J
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10 months ago

Then bye Kirsty. Seriously though, perhaps if she understood the amount of clubs for different interests such as games, hobbies, subjects, and even social issues she would have a different point of view. Like even adults are part of book clubs.

Laura Gillette
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10 months ago

But clubs are so fun! We formed an Ultimate Frisbee club and played after school on nice days.

LJ Robinson
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10 months ago

We had all sorts of teams and clubs. FFA, (Future Farmers of America) was a big one in the Midwest.

Addie
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10 months ago

Skiing club is awesome

Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

Some schools have a paintball club

angie but who cares
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10 months ago

i like it some clubs are really fun

Bella Turland
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9 months ago

i would like a fishing club

Viv Hart
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9 months ago

Clubs are great, wish we'd had them here in South Africa, when I was at school.

Mare Freed
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10 months ago

Those clubs were the best part of high school for me. Especially drama club and the school plays.

Kimberly Reetz
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10 months ago

My work has tons of clubs too.

Amanda Hunter
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10 months ago

Yes, Americans like to have their kids continually busy.

Doris Bennett
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10 months ago

For fun & socializing but the jerks think that only nerds join. So the antisocial jerks who really need the fun & socializing ... never join them. Should be mandatory!

Flavia Slag
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10 months ago

I was in the Drama club. You don't have things like that? How sad.

Patti Renwick Parrish
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10 months ago

clubs help keep kids from joining gangs and getting into trouble.

Jane Moore
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10 months ago

Show how little this person has engaged with her school, I was in a number of clubs in my school in Kent UK

Evripidou Maria
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10 months ago

honestly I would love this in our country. I think clubs, if done correctly, is a way for kids to develop hobbies and improve their skills in that hobby but also in socializing

Faith Hurst
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10 months ago

Most were started by students when I was in school. You just had to get a teacher to advise/sign off. It was a way for people with like interests to meet using campus rooms.

elfin
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10 months ago

We are not required to join. If enough students are interested in an activity that is safe and legal, why not let them form a club? It broadens their education and helps some make friends.

the pan with a plan
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9 months ago

i mean only if you have a teacher supervising the clubs

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Arenite
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10 months ago

Hey, in Japanese schools, you are required to join an after-school club or team.

Alessandra Ricotta
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10 months ago

I would like to have clubs in italian schools.

Carol Lewis
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10 months ago

In our town it's the surfing club. Love it.

Kent Sylvester
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10 months ago

had a Muppet appreciation club in my High School

ACollectiveOfWolves
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10 months ago

Oh yea we have a GOLF club lmao

Bobert Robertson
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10 months ago

I wish my school had a fishing club

Misterscooter
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10 months ago

Some friends started a fishing club when they were seniors. Not sure if they ever fished.

Emily Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

Not for everything...but as long as students want to gather around a specific topic and there is a teacher willing to supervise it - why not? Keeps kids out of trouble!

Monica A. M.
Community Member
10 months ago

My daughter went to a high school with a fishing club. That didn't bother me. They discouraged women from joining. That bothered me.

Memento Mori
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10 months ago

We have a club for literally EVERYTHING. Anime club, yoyo club, film club...

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
10 months ago

I went to school in England and did loads of sports clubs- it was great! Exercise, friendship, team work, we got to travel (even went on a sports tour to Barbados!!) around the U.K. for competitions and it looked great on university applications. I'm a medically retired teacher and all schools I've worked in have had loads of sports and other extra curricular clubs to join at lunch and after school. I assumed this was basic in most countries?!

Morgan Olson
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10 months ago

there is literally a 'fRiEnDsHiP cLuB' as they call it at my school

Demetri
Community Member
10 months ago

Extracurriculars to list later to college. Activities (and photo memories) to fill your time if you weren't good at sports. All of these would become fond memories in the Class Yearbook

TTCA Gravity
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10 months ago

I think it's kind of fun, though- I've been president of my schools writing club for all my years and I've made some incredibly close friends throughout

Queen fhk
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10 months ago

Yep entrepreneur club right up!!!

AroAcePanda
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10 months ago

my school is poor af so we don't have those :)

quarantine panda
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10 months ago (edited)

my school had a Rubik's cube club!

Piper Perez
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10 months ago

In our school we have DnD club and anime club.

cassiushumanmother
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10 months ago

I'm french and i was in the windsurf and sailing club at my junior high school. Every wednesday (not a school day) we were going to a lake, doing all kind of nautic sports depending on the weather conditions with 2 teachers from the school. We were a small group of friends (less than 10) and we had good times. It was 20 euros per year.

Lucille Varner
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10 months ago

golf club. I wish I was kidding.

Cal Capone
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10 months ago

Yeah but only losers joined those. Scouts too.

The Pansexual MELONLORD
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10 months ago

*sigh* Ahhh, one day I will join that LGBTQIAP+ infinity group...

lil peep stan
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10 months ago

my school has a tiktok club, which i heard is just people watching or making tiktoks together

Luther von Wolfen
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10 months ago

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It's an attempt to get kids interested in activities so they have less time to get high and pregnant.

WhatEvenIsLife
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10 months ago

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Ugh, all the Christian clubs. Don't you guys have a church for that?

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Juniper
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10 months ago

Wait, don't all schools have cafeterias? Where do you eat your lunch?

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Brett
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10 months ago

Yes sadly

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Aunt Messy
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10 months ago

Canadian here. They don't close schools in Canada unless it's been colder than -40C for three days in a row.

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Imtiredandiwannagotobed
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10 months ago

Because we put all our budget into our announcements and lockers

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GlassHalfWay
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10 months ago

Because a gallon would be too heavy on the lunch tray.

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

They aren't cool it sucks

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Brett
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10 months ago

I wish I had school lunch that good

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

Yep. ours was awesome!

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Eva Bryson
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10 months ago

Yes, teachers want you in class to learn, not loitering in the bathroom.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

yep...at least in the suburbs because most of us start driving at 16

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

one word to answer this- ICE

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The Zooble
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10 months ago

To be very honest, I'm English and I usually do page count rather than word count

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah i wondered this and are the woman stale or something lol

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angie but who cares
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10 months ago

my elementry did

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Jamziee
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10 months ago

No they force students to do it

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

So we aren't "distracted". Even rooms with windows usually had the blinds closed.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Not really. We have nearby schools we compete against in sports, but any rivalry is very light-hearted.

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SimplySarcastic40
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10 months ago

we had an apple machine...for $0.20 you got an apple.

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Brett
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10 months ago

The high school I’m going to does

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

We don't, dances are usually 4 times a year.

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Yes

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konnarw1
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10 months ago

yeah sorry but you should move to america.(JK)

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Caitlin Davenport
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10 months ago

Candy was usually a very tiny part, if it was there at all. But it was the most exciting part!

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