HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The newest members of the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Beta Club were inducted in a ceremony on Wednesday evening in Kiefer Auditorium at Hasbrouck Heights High School/Middle School.
The ceremony was conducted by their advisor, Social Studies teacher, James Muska. The 40 seventh graders received their certificates from Middle School English teacher Jesse Coffey, and took the Junior Beta Pledge. Assisting with the evening were previously inducted Beta Club members (eighth graders) who returned to serve their peers, which is done each year by existing members. It is to support the Beta motto, "Let us lead by helping others."
"Each one of you on stage tonight can change the world, maybe not all at once, but one good deed at a time," said Hasbrouck Heights Middle School pinricpal Joseph Mastropietro to the group. "Wake up every morning and realize that what you do makes a difference, even if it’s a small difference. The Beta Motto is "Let Us Lead By Serving Others". So I ask you to help out you fellow classmates or volunteer to help out in the community. Each of you can make a difference."
Part of making a difference is the three service projects the club has planned for the year. One will be for St. Jude's Children Research Hospital. A second will be a donation drive for Bergen County Animal Shelter. Another idea was to sponsor an "adopt-a-thon" at the school to raise awareness for animal shelters, and to possibly find families looking for a new pet. And the final project will be for 4ocean.com. Students would raise money to purchase bracelets through this website. Each bracelet is created with recycled and reclaimed plastic waste from the ocean, and the money is put toward environmental efforts to clean our planet.
"Perhaps the most important thing for the community to know is that these students reached this great milestone not only by having outstanding grades (all A's and nothing lower than a B+ in Honors classes), but have also exhibited exemplary leadership skills and high moral character each and every day at HHMS," said Frank D'Amico, vice principal.
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