COVID-19 has not slowed down the NBHS Beta Club, a chapter of a nationally recognized club based on the four pillars of Character, Service, Leadership, and Achievement. The NBHS Beta Club did a “socially distanced” service project this week, where they created videos of students reading children’s stories in front of holiday decorations. The club compiled close to twenty videos that were sent to local elementary schools, with the goal being to help elementary teachers by giving them the opportunity to use the videos as we move toward Christmas break. The videos were such a hit that the videos were received not only by Bullitt County schools, but by Jefferson County, five school districts in Indiana, and even one in Las Vegas!
“Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our club has had to get creative in how we do community service,” says Ms. Mary Lambert, advisor of the Beta Club.
In addition to the compilation of videos, the club plastered the staff entrance and sidewalks with positive messages as the teachers started back to school early in the year. The club also plans to spread kindness in the near future through various ways, including:
Leaving cookies and/or a card on neighbors’ doorsteps in the days leading up to Christmas -- no contact, of course;
Leaving positive message rocks around town to spread some cheer in January;
Putting together snack bags, gloves, and dry socks for our homeless population.
“In the past, the Beta Club has participated in the State Convention held in Louisville, KY; assisted the Zoneton fire house with the Christmas truck; hosted and raised money for Relay for Life at school; collected items for the Youth Service Center; provided free tutoring for students who need it; visit a nursing home for caroling and passing out holiday goodies; and assisted with trunk or treat at NBHS and worked Boo at the Louisville Zoo,” lists Ms. Lambert.
The overall goal of the Beta Club is to lead by serving others in community service opportunities; the motto of the national organization being “Let Us Lead By Serving Others.” All student club members are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA and complete 20 hours of community service each calendar year. The NBHS chapter has 54 registered members before adding our freshman this year. The club is currently working on adding 24 new members, giving the NBHS chapter a total of 78 members.
With the current conditions, the NBHS chapter meets the first Thursday of every month over Zoom.
“We are hoping to get back to a place where we can meet in person and provide community service as a group,” says Ms. Lambert. “Here’s to hoping we get this pandemic under control and can return to school safely this Spring!”