Hawkins Junior Beta Club members collect 4,796 pounds of food for needy families

Jeff Bobo • Mar 11, 2007 at 11:15 AM

ROGERSVILLE - Middle school students across Hawkins County joined efforts through a Junior Beta Club project to accumulate 4,796 pounds of food to be distributed to the area's needy.

Church Hill Middle School sixth-grade teacher Maureen Morelock co-sponsors the Junior Beta Club at her school. She presented the Hawkins County Board of Education on Thursday with a report on the results of the National Council for the Social Studies "CiviConnections" service learning project, in which Junior Beta Club members across the county participated.

The project involved 105 Junior Beta Club members from both CHMS and Rogersville Middle School, all of whom gathered food and cash donations to benefit the Of One Accord Ministries food pantries in Rogersville and Church Hill.

Morelock told the BOE that the donations obtained by Junior Beta Club members countywide had a specific purpose.

"Our students wanted to focus on supporting the youth within their area, so they chose items they knew the children would enjoy eating," Morelock said. "They picked soup items, pinto beans, canned pasta and macaroni and cheese."

The Church Hill members involved students from other schools including Church Hill Elementary, Carters Valley Elementary, McPheeters Bend Elementary, Surgoinsville Elementary, Surgoinsville Middle and Volunteer High School in obtaining a total of 3,361 pounds of food and $110 in cash to be donated to the Church Hill Emergency Food Pantry.

Rogersville club members joined efforts with students from Clinch School, Hawkins Elementary, Joseph Rogers Primary and Mooresburg Elementary to donate 1,435 pounds of food and $110 in cash to the emergency food pantry located in the Shepherd's Center in Rogersville.

In other business Thursday the BOE:

• Approved a $428,473 budget amendment from the general fund to the building improvement fund to pay for foundation and exterior wall repair which took place recently at Volunteer High School.

• Agreed to table the proposed sale of the old bus shop on Main Street in Rogersville for at least one more month while the district awaits certification from the state that the property has cleared all environmental requirements. The board had received two bids for the property as of last month's meeting including one for $200,000 and one for $209,000.

Another sealed bid was received since then, and Director of School Clayton Armstrong said it will remain sealed until the matter is take off the table.

• Approved several new courses for the 2007-08 school year including "Appalachian folklore" for Volunteer High School; "exploring mathematical concepts" for VHS; "safety" for both Cherokee High School and VHS; "mythology" for VHS; and "linguistic studies" for VHS.

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