Kingsford, Mich. (WZMQ) – The Flivver Family Club was started this year by a Kingsford High School senior, Maria Fornetti, in response to tragic events that have occurred at high schools around Michigan like the Oxford School shooting and the passing of a Marquette County teen just last year.
The club is aimed at leadership in volunteer service and inclusivity for local teens.
Members volunteered last weekend by helping with indoor games for younger kids at Iron Mountain’s Stomp the Snow event.
Club President, Fornetti commented that she noticed there was a lot of unrest within schools in Michigan. “I kind of wanted to create a sense of…belonging and school spirit and coming together as a community within our school…. And I felt that it was a good time to create something like that,” she said.
So far, there are twenty members of the club, and the Flivver Family is creating bonds across school districts. According to Fornetti, there are even members from Iron Mountain School District who have joined.
The club has plans to volunteer throughout events at the Great 8 Winter Games, which will take place on February 18th with its opening ceremony at Kingsford Middle School, where local Olympian Nick Baumgartner will be the keynote speaker.
The event starts at 8:30 am and will have competitions in winter and indoor games throughout the day with the eight participating schools for grades 4-8. Fornetti says she will be helping with the ski events for the younger kids throughout that day.
Fornetti hopes the club will foster a sense of community for teens across school districts and she wants teens to know that while the club may be named after the Kingsford School mascot, it is open to all teens to join in.
“So it’s kind of cool because, people that know each other, but aren’t really friends with each other from different schools especially, they have become friends because of it,” she added.