The Academy of Notre Dame recently inducted 21 new members into their chapter of the National Junior Beta Club during a ceremony in the Academy’s Our Lady Chapel.
“Induction into Beta Club is truly an honor,” said Jillian Boudreau, Lower School Dean of Students and Beta Club Coordinator. “Not only have these students achieved the remarkable academic requirements for this honor, which is noteworthy on its own, but they’ve also distinguished themselves by demonstrating their passion for service.”
The National Beta Club is the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. It’s committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others. To be eligible for the Beta Club, students must maintain a 90 or above in all classes and complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
During the induction ceremony, students presented their service work projects. While some students performed all their service hours for one organization, others explored a variety of opportunities. “It was touching see how each new member took the initiative to heart and found a place to volunteer that was meaningful to them. I think their presentations helped to inspire the younger students to work toward Beta Club membership themselves,” says Boudreau.
The Academy’s chapter, now in its 12th year, is made up of 7th and 8th grade students. Combined, this year’s inductees completed community service for nearly two-dozen different area organizations.