Tuesday, December 17, 2013
While most organizations host food drives around the holidays, the members of the Felton Laboratory National Junior Beta Club sponsored "A Feast of Books" book drive. Students from the school collected about 500 gently used and new books, which they donated to the Orangeburg Area Development Center (OADC). The goal of the service project was to support literacy and aid in the creation of a library at the center.
Thirteen Beta Club members visited the center on Nov. 25 to deliver the books. Members of the club are aware of the significance their donation makes in encouraging young people to read.
“It was a very successful project, and I believe that literacy is important. Reading is the foundation of learning, and you’re going to need reading skills in everything you do,” stated Meagan Greene, Miss Felton Laboratory School and Beta Club member.
OADC, a multi-purpose community center, is designed to meet the recreational, social and cultural needs of all people. In the Orangeburg community, the center is well known for its strong youth development programs.
Dr. Gloria Winkler, director of Felton Laboratory School, as well as the Beta Club members delivered the books to Hercules Mack, director of the Orangeburg Area Development Center, who graciously received the books. Mack encouraged the students to return to the center once the library has been established, so that the young Bulldogs could read and interact with the children.
“In the past, we always had to go to the Orangeburg County Library. Now during storytelling every Friday, we have books in-house that we can use. The kids are really going to enjoy them,” said Mack.
The National Junior Beta Club recognizes students for high academic achievement and encourages leadership and service. The motto of the National Beta Club is "Let Us Lead by Serving Others." Felton’s National Beta Club sponsors two major service projects each semester. The organization is currently planning an upcoming health-related service project. Mrs. Teranesa Bartley is the school Beta Club sponsor.
Members of the Felton Laboratory National Junior Beta Club are:
|Tekiah McCleary||Jeneene Lewis|
|Morgan Blanchard||Makayla Berry|
|Meagan Greene||Dominique Bartley|
|Skylar Mack||Angeline Singleton|
|Georgriana Goodwin||Joshua Quarles|
|Jalen Abraham||Courtney Dowdy|