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. Morgan to support the large homeless population at BHS, has been especially busy this year. In addition to providing needed items to students, Club Hope members have been hard at work advocating their cause by creating their own website and even appearing on KATU news this past week! Students Kenna Reid, Reyna Ayalla, 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 actively reaching out to others schools in our area to introduce the idea of more “Club Hopes”, to support the growing number of homeless students in school districts all over the valley.
Members of 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 has the opportunity to throw socks into the center of the court to win a prize – and to donate fun socks to Doernbechers Childrens Hospital to provide a fun pair of socks for them to wear during their stay. Andie, a Beaverton graduate with muscular dystrophy, has been in and out the hospital many times herself. She says that, “one time she received a pair of fun socks that made her smile”, and it inspired her to bring socks to other children to bring a smile to their faces while also being in the hospital. This year Beaverton collected 643 pairs of socks to add to Andie’s goal of 8,000.
In our community, there are numerous other opportunities to volunteer and provide gifts, meals, and a smile to people in need. Classes (such as Beaverton’s very own Hummer staff!) have “adopted” families to provide gifts for them during the holidays. Every year, there are paper snowflakes hanging in senior hall for students to take and provide a specific gift for an anonymous student or member of our community.
Take some time this season and give back. A simple google search will pull up dozens of opportunities for donations and volunteering. And remember, a smile is a great way to provide some holiday cheer.
Beaverton High School students Kenna, Reyna, and Samantha talk to a KATU news anchor about Club Hope and it’s mission to provide support to Beaverton’s growing homeless student population. (Photo Courtesy of KATU)