HARROGATE, Tennessee, December 21, 2018— The J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Beta Club has been spreading cheer with its annual holiday service project.
Throughout November and December, JFWA Beta Club collected gifts for over 90 children in the Bell County region for the Children in Need Project, organized through St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, by church members Sean Peters and Susan Leo.
“As Beta sponsor for the past 12 years, I am extremely proud of the role that our students play in the surrounding community,” said Cindy Hankins-Koppel, JFWA 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 that is to ‘lead while serving others.’ Our students are productive change agents that will continue to make a difference in people’s lives by becoming proactive, concerned leaders in their communities.”
The latest project comes after JFWA Beta Club assisted with several service projects throughout the fall semester. In September, JFWA participated in Claiborne County Relay For Life with a theme “Just Can’t Wait for a Cure.” Over 60 students helped raise over $4,000 for cancer research. JFWA, which was participating for the 12th consecutive year, was awarded the top school team at the fundraiser. During October, the students at JFWA donated over 600 cans of food for the Manna House in Tazewell. The service projects will continue in spring as JFWA Beta Club plans to hold a gently used clothing drive in January, and a drive for toiletries, socks, blankets and toys for small children in February.
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 are required to complete an additional five hours along with meeting the academic and character requirements.
"I am constantly amazed by what our group can accomplish,” said Rose Mountain, Beta Club president. “Our club has tackled many projects and each time they meet or exceed the mark."
The J. Frank White Academy is a private coeducational college preparatory school located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University and serves students grades 4-12 from Claiborne, Union, Campbell and Hancock counties in Tennessee; Bell County, Kentucky; and Lee County, Virginia. For more information contact the Academy Office at 423.869.6234 or visit www.LMUnet.edu/academy.
Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at [email protected].