So the Beta Club partnered with the Warm Welcomes Outreach organization,
which puts together welcome bags filled with comfort and necessity
items for these children.
On a recent Saturday morning, a group of students met to learn how to
make fleece blankets for the welcome bags. Parents donated the supplies
for the eighth-graders to make 14 blankets for Warm Welcomes. Some
students even took home supplies to work on blankets at home.
This is just one of the many service projects that the 67-member Beta
Club completed this school year. Each member was asked to contribute 15
hours of service to the community, but they have far surpassed that
goal. To date, the group has logged 1166 community service hours.
During that time, the students raised over $2000 for the Dragonfly
Foundation through a quarter drive, helped at the Dragonfly Gala,
provided donations to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, volunteered at
Matthew 25 Ministries, pitched in at school carnivals and other school
activities, as well as volunteered at the Midpointe Library, the MLK Day
parade, local churches, and many other places. They also hope to gather
more donations for Warm Welcomes before the school year ends.
Heather Balyeat, parent advisor for the group, taught the students how
to make the blankets. “During our meetings this year, the students have
shared their volunteer stories, and I am very impressed at the depth of
caring and concern they have for their community,” said Balyeat. “I know
many people worry about having selfish children in this generation, but
after hearing their stories and seeing how much they have done already,
I think we are putting the world in good hands.” Balyeat's daughter
Kaylin, who serves as secretary of the club, sums it up by saying that
her fellow Beta Club members really have fun doing these projects and
"putting time into something that actually helps people is really
The Beta Club is a national organization and Plains started their club
in 2010. Seventh-graders are invited to submit an application to
participate in the club next school year. Members are asked to maintain a
3.75 GPA and complete at least 15 hours of community service.