Riverdale Academy Celebrates National Beta Week

By Molly Seales

The week of March 1-5 was National Beta Week, and the Riverdale Academy Beta Club participated each day.  The Beta Club Mission Statement is, “To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.” Students are chosen for this honor of being a Beta member based on grade point average and good character. We are fortunate to have a very active Beta Club at Riverdale.

This was a fun week of service to the school and community, but it also reached overseas. On Monday, the Beta members packed 24 care packages that will be sent to troops who have been deployed overseas from the Coushatta Armory. Each box included a photo of the Riverdale Beta Club and a letter from a student.  The Riverdale FCA became involved in the project as they gathered to pray over the boxes before they left the school. In addition to the FCA, the local VFW collaborated with the Beta Club by paying shipping on the boxes for the troops.  The Beta Club would like to extend a special thank you to the VFW members!

Tuesday was “Shout Out to You” day. Beta members had a table set up in the lunchroom, and students could go by and write a “shout out” to a person that did something great.  The Beta members then attached candy to the shout outs and delivered the “shout out candy grams” to the teachers and students at Riverdale. Parents and grandparents also had the opportunity to send a shout out to their children. On Wednesday, the Beta members had “Story Time.” In honor of Read Across America week, the club members went to the elementary classes, read each class a book, and spent some time interacting with the younger students. Thursday there was a “Wall of Inspiration” in the lunchroom.  Students in all grades wrote names of people who have influenced them in a positive way. On Friday, Beta members wrote encouragement cards to neighbors, friends, family, and faculty.

Throughout the entire week, the Beta Club did a Toy Drive for Shriners Children’s Hospital in Shreveport.  A box was placed in the hallway downstairs, and by Friday it was full of toys for children of all ages. The students and parents of Riverdale really stepped up and made this project a success.

On behalf of our Beta Club, I would like to thank our sponsor, Mrs. Amanda Cason, for her dedication to our Beta Club and for the countless hours she spends helping make our club be such a success.  Our Beta members are very disappointed that due to Covid 19, we were not allowed to attend the State Beta Convention in person, but we hope that by next year that will change. Overall, our National Beta Week was a great success!