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National Beta Club Week celebrated

AHOSKIE – The Hertford County High School Senior BETA Club kicked off its celebration of National BETA Week with a proclamation from the Hertford County Board of Commissioners Chair, Ronald Gatling, and Loria Williams, County Manager on March 4.

Shown taking part in National Beta Club Week at Hertford County High School are, front row from left, Ernest Cooley, HCHS Principal; SharQuajah Edwards, Beta Club Parliamentarian; ShaDavia Holloway, Beta Club Reporter; Bri’Asia Wilder, Beta Club Secretary; Jailisa Allen, Beta Club President; Destiny Harrell, Beta Club Member; Deneka Vinson-Weekes, Beta Club Sponsor; and Pamela Scott, Beta Club Sponsor. On the back row, from left, are Juan E. Vaughan, II, Assistant County Manager; Ronald Gatling, County Commissioner Chair; Loria Williams, County Manager; Dr. Renee Fleetwood, Clerk to the Board of Commissioners; Dr. William T. Wright, Jr., HCPS Superintendent; and Carol Swain, Beta Club Sponsor. Contributed Photo

The proclamation recognized the club members for their participation in National BETA, “the country’s largest independent, non-profit educational youth organization”.

The BETA Club provides students opportunities to develop leadership skills through serving their school, community and state.

National BETA Week was established by a presidential proclamation declared by then President Richard Nixon in 1973. During the week of March 4th each year, clubs around the country participate in a variety of service activities to uphold the ideals of Leadership, Character, Service and Achievement, the tenets of the National BETA Club.

As part of the week’s celebrations, the HCHS BETA chapter made a presentation to Catherine Parker, Director of Hertford County Student Wellness Center. The Club made a donation of books to the Center’s Little Free Library Project. Members began collecting new and used books in December as one of its service projects for the 2018-2019 school year.

Other activities for the week included a campus cleanup, the making of banners to support the upcoming Hertford County Special Olympics, and a kickoff campaign for the clubs annual Pennies for Patients drive. The BETA Club will be collecting donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society throughout the month of March.