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The year of Beta

Beta Buddies visited Prospect Elementary in March 2014.

Over the course of the last four years, the Parkwood High School Beta Club has grown from a small band of students to a full, four-year crowd. In the wake of this growth, Beta Club has established many strong bonds, started a multitude of new activities that will help better the community, and risen to the honor of being named a National Beta Club School of Distinction. This school year has been no exception to the growth of the club.

In November 2013, the Beta Club participated in the Adopt-A-Highway program, cleaning up garbage from the sides of Parkwood School Road. This was a first for the club and certainly will become one of its regular activities in years to come.

Later that month, the club travelled on its second annual Beta Buddies trip where Beta Club members read to second grade students and shared the importance of education. “It was a really rewarding experience reading to the children and seeing them enjoy literature,” senior Myranda Staiano commented. The Beta Buddies returned to the elementary schools in March this year to meet up with their students once more, this time bringing along a world map puzzle to help the kids remember how the continents fit in relation to one another.

Also in March, the Beta Club took a fun and educational trip to the Discovery Place in Charlotte to view the “101 Inventions That Changed the World” exhibit. Members were able to interact with several inventions--such as the typewriter, electric guitar, and the new 3D printer. Following these explorations, the group visited the Levine Museum of the New South, learning about the history of Charlotte from the end of the Civil War to present day. On the upper floor, members were also able to explore several displays from the Civil Rights movement. “The trip was very educational, especially the museum,” senior Dalton Chapman agreed.

The Beta Club has even more planned for the year. This month, the club will host Earth Week, an educational week to raise awareness and advise ways to keep the planet healthy. The club will also participate in Relay for Life alongside other organizations to raise money for cancer research. While following this eventful year, club president Michael Leckrone looks back at how far the club has come. “We’ve risen from an almost nothing club to a Beta Club School of Distinction,” Michael said, “And I’m excited to see how far it will go in the years to come.”

Written by: Ashlynn Jones, 12th grade Beta Club member
Posted: Apr 07, 2014 by Regina Snelson

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