Junior Beta Club welcomes 21 new members at Carter Elementary in Florence
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Dewey L. Carter Elementary School Junior Beta Club added 21 new members to the ranks on Thursday.
The 21 members join a group of 48 members from fourth to sixth grade.
On Thursday morning, the newly added and returning Junior Beta Club members recited the Junior Beta Club pledge and lit a candle to represent their dedication to academic achievement and community service.
“It shows the students that they have leadership qualities that they can model for other students and other students can look up to because they are chosen for their character, grades and test scores,” said Beth Moore, math and science coach at Dewey L. Carter.
According to reading coach Laura Stoughton, the Junior Beta Club is active in the community completing projects, such as wrapping Angel Tree presents for the Department of Social Services and painting “kindness rocks” to put in front of the school.
Moore said the group recently passed out orange juice to parents in the car line as a service project.
“Honestly, the biggest thing is that it gets them involved in the community,” Moore said. “We try to do stuff that’s not just about our school. That’s the biggest thing; it’s not just about themselves.”
Sixth-grader Jacob Gray took part in the induction ceremony as a returning member.
“You feel kind of proud, because not everyone gets to be in Beta Club,” Jacob said. “It feels kind of good, you know. It’s an achievement or an award.”
Jacob said he took part in the “Orange You Glad” event, in which they handed out orange juice. He said he organization is about everyone coming together and helping others.
Students are invited to join Junior Beta Club when they have an A/B Honor Roll, good behavioral and character standings within the classroom and good test scores on the South Carolina Ready standardized test, according to Moore. She said they also look at teacher recommendations.
Principal Wendy Frazier said students start checking as early as August to see if they meet the requirements for Junior Beta Club.
“It’s one of those things that is such an honor – especially in elementary school,” Frazier said. “It is one of those honors that can never be taken away from you. Our students look forward to being selected.”
Frazier said the club gives students an incentive to do well in class.
This is the 12th year Dewey L. Carter has had a Junior Beta Club chapter.