EHS Beta Club members serve breakfast to homeless

From Staff Reports

   While most of us spend time with our immediate family and close friends during the holidays, some choose to help those less fortunate. During the Thanksgiving weekend, Elizabethton High School Beta Club members chose to remember the forgotten.
   Eighteen EHS Beta Club members on Saturday, Nov. 29 served breakfast to the homeless at the Melting Pot, a coffee house located on the campus of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City.
   According to a press release from EHS Beta Club leaders, approximately 50 homeless or indigent people came to the Melting Pot in spite of cold weather and enjoyed a breakfast of sausage, eggs, and biscuits and gravy. Beta Club members arrived at 6:30 a.m. to prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal.
   Beta Clubs are non-profit, national, leadership-service clubs made up of students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above who have demonstrated qualities of character.
   EHS Beta Club members for the 2002-2003 academic year include Emily Banks, Matt Batchelder, Bradley, Brown, Jared Cakebread, Aaron Clark, Carolyn Crawford, Farrah Fritz, Kylie Fritz, Ashley Green, Jamis Gouge, Nathan Haerr, Jessica Higgins, Kelli Hobbs, Evan Lindauer, Josh May, Ashley McClure, Brandon Reed, John Ross, and Craig Shaw.
   Members inducted for the 2003-2004 year include seniors Josh Carter, Tanya Dykes, Colby Hall, Lauren Hughes, Ali McNeely, Meredith Peters, Katie Presnell, Karen Sneed, Dustin Surcey, Chris Vaughn, and Lindsey White. Newly inducted juniors are Joseph Basconi, Leslie Blowers, Matt Bowers, Whitney Brown, Ben Carey, Stephanie Chun, Chris Fair, Holly Hatfield, Laura Holland, Karin Kitchens, Samantha McClay, Andrea McCuistion, Byron Millard, Marc Montgomery, Lindsey Norris, Ashley Peterson, Emilee Shook, Megan Smith, and Aimee White.
   Beta Club members participate in service projects throughout the year. This year the club cleaned the football stadium after a game, wrote letters to third graders at West Side Elementary School, raised and donated monies for supplies for a victim of paralysis, sent 46 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, served breakfast at the Melting Pot, and tutored students.
   Recycling, teacher and administrator appreciation, senior citizen projects, and raising monies for terminally or chronically ill children are on the agenda for the winter and spring.
   The EHS Beta Club provides an opportunity for students to develop initiative and leadership. Club officers are: John Ross, president; Craig Shaw, vice president; Evan Lindauer, treasurer; Carolyn Crawford, secretary; Kylie Fritz, historian; and Whitney Brown, president-elect. Kathe Rainwater, an EHS mathematics teacher, is the club sponsor.