Jr. Beta Club holding Homecoming community project
During Daleville High School's Homecoming Week, Sept. 25-29, the school's Junior Beta Club is opening a hygiene closet to benefit families in need.The hygiene closet will be a school-wide effort to collect daily care items. It will open during Homecoming Week and stay open throughout the school year."The hygiene closet idea came to mind when Tomar (Hobdy) and I witnessed a classmate being talked about for their odor," President Joye Anderson said. "Once we met up with Noemi (Borja) and Brayton (Moore), we discussed the issue so we could figure out how we could help."Treasurer Noemi Borja said the students decided to try to help as many people as possible."We designed this project for kids and families who are going through difficult times," Borja said. "Sometimes families can't afford these items during the month because of so many bad things happening all at once. We feel like we can be a great help to these families."According to Vice President Tomar Hobdy, the closet will be available for teachers and guidance counselors at any time to help students."Because the items are being donated, there will be no cost to students to use the items," Hobdy said. "We are also going to be very discreet about who uses the items. Sometimes people don't want others to know about their personal hardships."Ambassador Erik Steward said the Junior Beta Club is collecting everyday hygiene items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, and more.He said the Junior Beta Club would also accept "washing detergents, dish detergents, toilet paper, and trash bags that can help the whole family. We'd also like to add hair care and skin care items.""We will be taking donations throughout the year in the front office," Chaplain Brayton Moore said. "We will also have donation boxes available at our community wide Homecoming festivities next week.Donations boxes will be set up at the Community Wide Pep Rally on Thursday night and at the ticket gates on Sept. 29.Ambassador Jada Stone encouraged not only current students to contribute to the hygiene closet, but also DHS and Beta Club alumni."We want to challenge all of the alumni from Daleville High School and all of our past Beta Club graduates to give back to the school that we all love so much by donating items to our newest club project," Stone said.DHS Junior Beta Club members are students in seventh and eighth grades.Junior Beta Club aims to teach leadership to students by teaching them to serve others.This year, the DHS Junior Beta Club's service theme is "Heal the world: make it a BETA place.""We want our Junior Beta Club to come together to help others," Anderson said. "One step at a time, we are trying to heal the world, beginning with our school and community. What better place to start than with our very own student body."