Kaila Claxton forms Stutter Awareness Club at Fishers High School
By Sam Elliott
Among the extracurricular clubs available to Fishers High School students was one formed by sophomore Kaila Claxton for the first time last fall.
“I have a stutter, and it was I think November or October I was at home and I had got on the National Stuttering Association’s website and I noticed that National Stuttering Week was May 9-13, and it was talking about how to get people aware and I realized a lot of people at my school don’t know about stuttering or know what stuttering is, so I emailed my speech teacher and asked her if we could do something that week,” Claxton said.
Claxton found additional resources online in preparation for last spring’s awareness week and plans to do more that week again next spring.
“I emailed the National Stuttering Association and they helped by sending us some supplies and pamphlets, so for the next couple months, I got a couple friends together and we ended up making posters to hang around school and we set up at lunch and gave out bracelets and pencils and stuff,” Claxton said. “During the week, a lot of people came up and asked questions and they were like, ‘that’s really cool, it’s good you’re doing this,’ and a lot of my friends wanted to get involved and help me. … It was a really good response.”