S.H.A.D.E.S. is an acronym for Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation. The Multicultural Club originated at Wheeling High School in 1989. The group was initially put together to educate students and teachers and reduce tension and problems that were occurring that year. It has evolved into an organization, which strives to show students that tolerance and understanding is the answer to bigotry and fear. S.H.A.D.E.S. welcomes all students and strives to get the student body involved and informed about the world’s cultures and issues around them through various events and projects. S.H.A.D.E.S. is proud of their motto and encourages all people to embrace it:
"We are for difference,
for allowing difference,
until difference doesn’t
make a difference anymore."
SHADES club is the umbrella of all the multicultural clubs at WHS. SHADES sponsors 2 big events during the school year: Vareity Show (november) and Display of Cultures (May). Variety Show highlights students' talents at WHS and encourages students to get involved in the fine arts program and other clubs. It is through this show that SHADES is able to raise funds in order to award 2-3 student senior scholarships for college. Display of Cultures involves the entire school which gives students the opportunity to learn from and share their culture by exhibiting a display of their country and their culture which includes artifacts and general information about foods, holidays, language, people, and places of interest. Included in this day are cultural dances and a cultural fashion show that is put on by the students as well. The community and various schools come to enjoy and learn about the various cultures that encompass Wheeling High School. SHADES club members also volunteer throughout the community. Members have volunteered at Riley School, Ann Sullivan School, and the Wheeling Park District to name a few. SHADES Club meets every Monday afterschool in room 246. Sponsors: Bertha Sanchez and Joanne Amador-Zapata