Letter: Student glad she joined S-Club

May. 29, 2014 @ 03:54 PM

Editor,

I'm an eighth grader at Sevierville Middle School. I joined S-Club at the 2013 school year.

S-Club members help with the concession stand during games, we rake leaves from around our school, pick up litter and volunteer at local organizations.

We earn points each time we participate and once we reach 100 points, we are able to go on a field trip at the end of the year.

I volunteered a few times at our local food ministry. The more I volunteered, the less important the points became. It really opened my eyes.

While I worry about a new, expensive pair of shoes or a Facebook post, people around us are struggling to eat or keep their electricity on. I have a sneaking suspicion that is exactly what S-Club leaders wanted us to see.

It has made me very grateful for the things I have — instead of the things I don't. Recently, we were invited to a banquet by our S-Club leaders. The banquet was their way of saying "thank you" for our hard work. I believe Ms. Schnick and Ms. Fulbright deserve recognition. They taught me more about life than I could learn from any textbook.

They worked alongside us every time we volunteered — picking up garbage, packing boxes,or working the concession stand at school. They showed me that donating our time can be just as valuable as donating money. I regret not joining S-Club sooner. And I encourage any upcoming seventh grader at Sevierville Middle School to give it a try. You'll be surprised at the differences you can make

Victoria Alexander

Sevierville