Steven W. Looney
The Salem High School Beta Club and the Zeta Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi have joined forces to help those in need this January in recognition of Poverty Awareness Month.
This is a national program held during the month of January, and is designed to create national awareness of poverty, and canvas local communities for donations.
The 21 Salem High School Beta Club members have produced radio announcements, made posters and will be handing out flyers, in an effort to create awareness of the need in the Fulton County area.
Ted Kerley and Kim Harber are the student advisors for the 10th and 11th grade student members of the Beta Club.
"The students came up with this idea on their own," Harber said.
Beta Club President Carson York said, "We saw a need and thought it would be great to be able to do something to make a difference."
Clay Rucker, Beta Club vice president said, "The biggest need at this time of year is coats and non-perishable food items but all types of canned goods will help."
This extra effort will continue through the month of January, with the collected food and clothing items being distributed through local charities.
Donations of new or lightly worn clothing and food items can be dropped off during normal office hours at the Salem High School Library or George Thomas' CPA office, next to KSAR radio station in Salem.
Public support is needed for this drive and everyone is encouraged to donate to this program.