There are school clubs and organizations to suit every taste -- academic, social, political, religious/spiritual, athletic, service and more. Many are traditional; others are less conventional. Some examples:

Fondue and Foreign Policy Club. In the District, naturally, at George Washington University. Members chew over key international issues of the day while eating fondue.

Medical Masterminds and Medical Venturing Crew 1984. Winston Churchill High School in Montgomery County. The first gathers students who learn about different fields of medicine through medical trivia and fun tournaments. The venturing crew meets once or twice a month at a hospital to shadow doctors, tour rescue squads and, once a year, watch open-heart surgery.

Tiddlywinks Society and Chinese Yo-Yo Club. Two of Harvard College's more than 300 student groups. The yo-yo club is a performing troupe.

History Through Cinema. James W. Robinson Secondary School's Middle School in Fairfax County. Students watch movies with a historical theme. Recent showing: "Glory."

Jenny Investment Club. The College of Wooster in Ohio has given students the chance to manage a stock and bond portfolio since the mid-1950s. It is valued at about $983,000, the proceeds of which are used for student scholarships. This isn't play money; it's cash from the school's endowment.

Beatles Club. Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas. Students in grades 9 to 12 watch "Help!" and "A Hard Day's Night" and pursue other assorted activities.

Knitting Club. M.C. Perry Elementary School, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.

Anime Club. Briar Woods High School, Loudoun County.

Crossword Puzzle Club. Walter Johnson High School in Montgomery County.