Tacoma’s After-School Satan Club is on pause for now, says Satanic Temple of Seattle


Tacoma’s After-School Satan Club is on pause for now, says Satanic Temple of Seattle
  1. Tacoma’s After-School Satan Club is on pause for now, says Satanic Temple of Seattle
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    TACOMA — After a short but initially controversial stint at Point Defiance Elementary School, the After-School Satan Club for kids has ended its programming in T…
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TACOMA — After a short but initially controversial stint at Point Defiance Elementary School, the After-School Satan Club for kids has ended its programming in Tacoma.

At least for now.

The club met once a month with kids from all elementary grade levels during the second half of last school year, but it doesn’t have the resources to continue this year, according to the Satanic Temple of Seattle.

“It was a matter of funding, and also volunteers who couldn’t take the time out of work ’cause it’s right in the middle of the work day, so we didn’t have enough volunteers,” said Temple leader Lilith Starr.

Those volunteers were members of the Temple, and Starr said two of the three of them had a background in teaching.

While Starr declined to give specific numbers for how many kids came to the 90-minute club, she said it had been well-attended. The Temple also heard interest in starting After-School Satan programs in Puyallup and Enumclaw, she said.

“We did a different module each time. Our goal was to do something fun for the kids as well as educational,” Starr said. “We did an environmental awareness module, so we made a grocery bag out of an old T-shirt. We did art appreciation. We did gender and culture where we looked at superheroes, and we did an art project to help kids visualize the stages in evolution.”

This year, the Temple is making the After-School Satan curriculum available to volunteers who want to run clubs in schools in their communities. So someone could step up in Tacoma and potentially get the club back in business, Starr said.

“Last year, the After-School Satan Club curriculum was only offered in school districts where local chapters of The Satanic Temple could manage and maintain them,” said Chalice Blythe, national director for The Satanic Temple’s After School Satan Club campaign, in a news release.

“In that time, we received a flood of emails from parents, educators, and other qualified parties who were interested in operating After-School Satan Clubs in schools near them,” Blythe said. “This year, we have made our…

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