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Bladen County Educational Foundation Supports Beta Club Convention Trip

This summer, students from Bladenboro Middle School, Bladenboro Primary School, Clarkton School of Discovery and Tar Heel Middle School will travel to Nashville, TN, to compete at the National Beta Club Convention. The Bladen County Educational Foundation recently presented each school with a $350 check to help support their travel expenses.

The Bladen County Educational Foundation was formed to help students and educators who attend and work in Bladen County Schools with financial and material support to enrich their educational and teaching experiences. Dr. Dia Collins Thomas, President of the Foundation, shared, “Our goal is to make the entire educational experience in Bladen County a more enriching one. Supporting our students who have diligently worked to be able to compete at the National Beta Convention is just one way we can do that.”

At the North Carolina Junior Beta Competition, 6th grader Ryne Priest who attends the Clarkton School of Discovery, was elected NC Junior Beta Club President and will run for the National Junior Beta Club President in June. Bladenboro Primary School 4th grader Jayden Michael Ruffin was elected to serve as NC Elementary Vice President and will run for the position at the national level.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and their achievements at the State Beta Convention. They are working hard in preparation for the national convention and we know they will represent us well,” shared Dr. Jason Atkinson, Superintendent for Bladen County Schools.

In June, Beta Club members will compete in the following categories at the National Convention—

Bladenboro Primary School

Apparel Design Elementary
Jewelry Elementary
Language Arts, 4th Grade
Mixed Media Elementary
Painting Elementary
Performing Arts Solo, Duo, Trio Elementary
Recyclable Art Elementary
Science, 4th Grade
Sculpture Elementary
Social Studies 4th Grade
Songfest Elementary
Technology Elementary
Three-Dimensional Design Elementary

Bladenboro Middle School

Black & White Photography Junior
Club Trading Pin Junior
Performing Arts Solo, Duo, Trio Junior
Portfolio Junior
Recyclable Art Junior
Science 6th Grade
Sculpture Junior
Service-Learning Showcase Junior
Speech Junior
Technology Junior
Three-Dimensional Design Junior
Two-Dimensional Design Junior
Woodworking Junior

Clarkton School of Discovery

Creative Writing Junior
Digital Art Junior
Performing Arts Group Junior
Performing Arts Solo, Duo, Trip Junior
Portfolio Junior
Science 8th Grade
Service-Learning Showcase Junior
Social Studies 6th Grade
Social Studies 8th Grade
Songfest Junior
Speech Junior
Two-Dimensional Design Junior
Woodworking Junior

Tar Heel Middle School

Black & White Photography Elementary
Book Battle Elementary
Fiber Arts Elementary
Math 7th Grade
Recyclable Art Elementary
Science 5th Grade

Clarkton School of Discovery and Bladenboro Primary School’s Beta Team will also perform their campaign skits in an effort to help elect Ryne and Jayden as student officers at the national level.

To learn more about National Beta Club you can visit betaclub.org.

The Bladen County Educational Foundation meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, September-May at 5:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Education and are open to the public.