JFWA Beta Club Sponsors Winter Coat Drive


The J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) Beta Club held its annual coat and blanket drive as a public service project for January.


The coats were donated to Manna House in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and the Salvation Army in Middlesboro, Kentucky. The blankets were donated to the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine.


“I am proud of the role that our students play in the community,” said Cindy Hankins-Koppel, JFWA Beta Club sponsor and art instructor. “Fostering empathy and benevolence through service projects enables our students to recognize that there are needs in our community that they can support. The academy’s philosophy aligns with Beta’s mission of service leadership.”


The coat drive is one of several JFWA Beta Club service projects throughout the school year. In September, JFWA participated in Claiborne County Relay for Life with a theme “Believe in a Cure.” Over 60 students partnered with LMU to help raise over $4,000 for cancer research. JFWA, which was participating for the 13th consecutive year, was awarded the Top Youth Fundraising Team and Creative/Spirited Team Lap awards.


Beta students donated 60 bags of canned and dry goods for distribution through Manna House in November. This past December Academy Beta students worked with Susan Leo of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Middlesboro and the Bell-Whitley Community Services Agency to provide gifts for 90 children for the holidays. For the month of February, Beta students are preparing to gather goods for a mission trip that the academy admissions director, Bernie Harrington, is taking to Pachacutec, Peru. Items needed for donation include gallon-size zip-lock bags, a variety of small toiletries, washcloths, small toys, and gently used shoes and handbags. Donations will be received through Feb. 24 so that students may organize the items for the March trip.


JFWA has three Beta Club groups for students in 4th-12th grades. While all JFWA students are required to complete 25 community service hours each year, Beta Club members strive to set a standard of expectations for lifelong community contributions and are required to complete an additional five service hours along with meeting the academic and character requirements of Beta Club.


The J. Frank White Academy is a private, college preparatory day school serving grades K-12, located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University. JFWA is fully accredited and STEM certified by Cognia, which is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. For more information contact JFWA Director of Admissions Bernie Harrington at [email protected] or apply online at JFWA.LMUnet.edu.


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