We are an extra-curricular club. In our district, that means that we get no real support from the district except for use of school facilities. It also means, since we are technically a “part-year” club, that I receive no extra pay as team mentor/club advisor. My school, parents, and principal are as supportive as they can be within that framework. We have a (small) dedicated workspace for the team and are treated in much the same way as the sports teams are when it comes to publicizing our work and accomplishments. But we still don’t get the monetary support that the sports teams do, since that’s not in the school’s power to do. I’ve tried to convince the district that our team (and the other team also in our relatively small district) should be designated as a varsity sport, but have never gotten traction for the idea. Given that I have more active team members than any of our sports teams, raise thousands of dollars in donations and grants, and have been raising the team’s profile and success at competitions, you’d think that would be enough, but apparently not.