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Beta Club members celebrate black history with nursing center residents in Lake City

February 28, 2019

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Lake City Early College High School Beta Club members celebrated Black History Month on Wednesday at the Ronald E. McNair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake City.

The students sang songs, read poems and made crafts with the residents.

Joshua Jennings, the school’s English department chairman and a Beta Club sponsor, said the club has really prioritized getting out in the community during the second semester of the school year. He said they have been trying to focus on folks in the community who do not get to see youths quite as much.

“And we’re really excited for African-American History Month,” Jennings said. “We’ve done a couple of things at the school, but they really wanted to branch out and expand their impact. So we had a couple of suggestions to come out here.”

Beta Club member Jordan Yarborough said the students put on a show and helped with crafts at the nursing and rehabilitation center just to let residents know someone is thinking about them.

“And it feels good to help out and be out in our community showing that Lake City cares,” Yarborough said.

Breanna Pierson, a co-president of the club, said members also wanted to show that they care about Black History Month.

“It’s important for the community to know their history and our past,” Pierson said. “And it’s important for them to know that they’re not alone and that their history matters, their culture matters.”

Pierson said Beta Club members are happy to be a part of the community and want everyone to know that they are caring.

“We’re the future here, and we’re trying to better ours,” she said.

Beta Club members at Lake City Early College High School have to apply to be in the club and need to have a minimum GPA of 3.0.