On Thursday, April 28, at 5 pm at Boulder High School, the Boulder High School PantherZ Z Club will induct new members and celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Alumni, BHS faculty and Zonta Foothills Club members will be on hand to commemorate the milestone. In 2012, under the guidance of Club advisor, Michelle Carpenter, six members met after school to plan how they could support their school and community through service and advocacy. Chartered in 2013 by sponsor The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County, the Z Cub has supported more than 100 BHS students. Carpenter, a Boulder High Spanish teacher, explains: “Boulder High School is honored to be partner with Zonta International. Our students are learning to become effective leaders as they participate in meaningful service projects with their mentors.”
The PantherZ Z Club has been involved in many projects. Local organizations like EFAA, Safe House Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence, Moving to End Sexual Assault, The Reentry Initiative, Mother House, Share-a-Gift and Community Foodshare have been the focus of ongoing club projects. The group produced a video urging the community to be counted in Census2020. They went door-to-door talking with community members about why the census matters. In 2021 the Club created a school-based campaign urging teens to get COVID vaccines. They are active in prevention of violence against women posting a Silent Witness display in the Boulder High School library which conveys the tragedy of violence and shares information on victim support resources at Safe House and Moving to End Sexual Assault. The club has had a 100% graduation rate and many graduates continue as members of the Flatirons Golden Z Club.