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Junior Beta Club collects food and money for Project Care


As part of the Project Care initiative, the LCMS Junior Beta Club collected over 1,000 cans of food for the Lincoln County Food Pantry. Preparing to help load the canned goods for transport are (front row, l-r) LaPrincia Mansion; Miles Parks; Ben Fuller; Isaiah Curtis; (middle row) Blake Souder; Kendrick Mansion; Brooks Lively; Shaniyah Marshall; (back row) Jackson Bryant; Hugh Arthur; Alma Amason, food pantry representative; and Fre’ Diamond Wynn. As part of the Project Care initiative, the LCMS Junior Beta Club collected over 1,000 cans of food for the Lincoln County Food Pantry. Preparing to help load the canned goods for transport are (front row, l-r) LaPrincia Mansion; Miles Parks; Ben Fuller; Isaiah Curtis; (middle row) Blake Souder; Kendrick Mansion; Brooks Lively; Shaniyah Marshall; (back row) Jackson Bryant; Hugh Arthur; Alma Amason, food pantry representative; and Fre’ Diamond Wynn. The 2014 edition of LCMS’s Project Care was a tremendous success.

The goal of the annual initiative is to reach out to the needy in the community by collecting food for the Lincoln County Food Pantry and raising funds to purchase gifts for local children.

To collect items for the food pantry, the LCMS Junior Beta Club asked students to help build a Christmas tree in the school office using cans of food. When all was said and done, the tree boasted over 1,000 cans of green beans, chicken noodle soup, peaches, corn, peas, etc.

To give the students an added incentive, it was announced that the class donating the most cans and/ or money to the food pantry would receive a pizza party. The winner was Susan Pilgrim’s homeroom class, which collected a total of 200 cans of food.

The junior beta club also sponsored an “ Angel Tree” to help provide Christmas gifts for children who might not receive any presents from Santa Claus.

In order to reach its primary goal of $800, the club held a contest involving school and system administrators as well as teachers and students. For each $1 donation, a paper angel, representing the individual of the student’s choice, was place on the Angel Tree.

Contest rules stipulated that the person who accumulated the most angels would have to come to school on Thursday, December 18, dressed as Mrs. Claus and stand on the stage in the cafeteria at lunch and sing Christmas songs.

An astounding $1,000 was raised for children in need, and Wesley Wuchte, eighth-grade language arts teacher, was awarded the unparalleled honor of being Mrs. Claus for the day.

Mrs. Claus enjoyed his finest hour at lunch, when he was forced to sing for the students.

And the fun did not end there. Because the students raised $1,000, they were allowed to gather outside the school and throw buckets of “slime” on the three individuals receiving the most paper angels.

In addition to Wuchte, the other “winners” were Tonya Burt, sixthgrade math teacher, and Coach Glen Matthews, P.E. teacher.

The students were so amused by the sight of the “slimees,” they are already making plans for the December 2015 edition of Project Care.

According to Tonya Burt, beta club advisor, the students had a wonderful time collecting cans for the food pantry and money for the Angel Tree. “They knew they were playing a part in making this a Christmas to remember for children and hungry families right here in Lincoln County.”

She went on to say, “With the economy the way it is, I thought we would have an ‘off year,’ but these students really stepped up to the plate. I am amazed at how they came together and did what they did.”

In other comments, Burt thanked the members of the junior beta club, the club’s officers, Principal Pam Carmichael, Assistant Principal Patty Arthur, and Wesley Wuchte and Glen Matthews, whom she described as “very good sports,” for making Project Care a success.

She likewise expressed her appreciation to the students, faculty, and staff at LCMS and to the community at large for making donations to the food pantry and the Angel Tree.

In closing, Burt said, “Lincoln County can be very proud of these fine, young citizens. The students worked hard to make a significant contribution to our community. They did a fantastic job.”

Serving as assistant advisors for the junior beta club are Stacey Radford and Patty Arthur.

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