Trio of sixth-graders ready to volunteer

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 14, 1999

Three sixth-graders at Morgantown Elementary School know what it means to volunteer – and they have plans to do just that on Make a Difference Day Oct. 23.

&uot;It just means to help someone out,&uot; said Crystal Wright, one of the sixth graders.

Wright, Brian Hughes and Alex Willis are members of the Morgantown Elementary School Junior Beta Club and have been chosen to supervise Make a Difference Day activities for the school.

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Barbara Winston is the faculty sponsor for the Junior Beta Club which she helped form five years ago. &uot;The children will be cleaning, painting and placing ten new trash cans on the school playground, in addition to cleaning the playground,&uot; she said.

&uot;We’re going to divide into groups and we’re going to help by giving suggestions and make sure (the workers) keep going,&uot; Hughes said.

&uot;We’re going to make our school look better,&uot; Willis said.

Morgantown’s Junior Beta Club has 59 members.

&uot;They must keep an A-B average, exhibit good conduct and have a willingness to serve their school and community,&uot; Winston said.

Other service projects of the Morgantown Junior Beta Club include &uot;America’s Kids for America’s Heroes&uot; in which the children mail cards to hospitalized veterans.

Sixth-grade students in the Junior Beta Club also tutor younger students, Winston said.

Another unique project of the Junior Beta Club has been the &uot;Beta Belt Closet,&uot; she said.

Children who arrive at school without a belt are considered out of school uniform, Winston said. Rather than have the children out of class while they contact parents and have a belt brought to school, the Beta Belt Closet comes to the rescue and the child can check out a belt for the day. &uot;They bring them back in every afternoon,&uot; Winston said.

The Junior Beta Club is now at work on a project for later in the year during Teacher Appreciation Week. &uot;They want to take their favorite teacher to breakfast and have an awards program,&uot; Winston said.