by Kathryn Burris
The best part of the holiday season is arguably giving and receiving gifts. Opening a present from a friend or giving your mom that sweater she was eyeing for months are cornerstones of our holiday traditions. And while to many, the holidays are relaxing and exciting, some find them stressful, trying to buy extra gifts to fulfill the pressures that the holiday frenzy creates.
At Beaverton High School, clubs, classrooms, and individuals have taken time to care and support those who may not be as fortunate. Beaverton’s Club Hope, a club run by Ms. Rita Morgan to support the homeless population at BHS, has been busy this year. In addition to providing necessary items to students, Club Hope has been hard at work advocating its cause by creating its own website and appearing on KATU news this past week. Students Kenna Reid, Reyna Ayala, and Samantha Miller spoke on Thursday about Club Hope and its mission for the campaign #KindisBetter, a movement “committed to connecting with local youth to better understand their mental, emotional, and physical health needs.” The club is reaching out to other schools in the area to introduce the idea of more Club Hopes to support the growing number of homeless students in Beaverton.
Beaverton leadership and NHS teamed up this Tuesday to help sponsor and volunteer at the third annual Sock Drive during the boys’ basketball game. During halftime, the crowd threw socks into the center of the court to win a prize and to donate fun socks to Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital. Andie Proskus, a Beaverton graduate with muscular dystrophy, has been in and out of the hospital over the past couple of years. She says that “one time she received a pair of fun socks that made her smile,” inspiring her to bring socks to hospitalized children to bring a smile to their faces. This year Beaverton collected 643 pairs of socks to add to Andie’s goal of 8,000.
There are numerous other opportunities to volunteer and provide gifts, meals, and a smile to people in need in the Beaverton High School community. Classes have “adopted” families to provide gifts for them during the holidays. Every year, paper snowflakes hang in Senior Hall for students to take and provide a specific gift for an anonymous student or member of the community.
Take some time this season and give back. A simple Google search pulls up dozens of opportunities for donations and volunteering. Remember, a smile is a great way to provide some holiday cheer.
Beaverton High School students Kenna Reid, Reyna Ayala, and Samantha Miller talk to a KATU news anchor about Club Hope and its mission to support Beaverton’s growing homeless student population. (Photo Courtesy of KATU.)