Letter: BETA thanks community for quarterly growth, support

To the editor:

BETA (Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association Inc.) would like to sincerely thank the following individuals and organizations for its successful programs during the second quarterly period of the 2017-18 school year. BETA would like to specially recognize these individuals for their visits and sessions with our BETA teens:

Pam Boer for Halloween face-painting and homemade cupcake decoration on Halloween; Mary Ann Soll of doTERRA Wellness for her session on natural herbs and healing products; Jessica Miller of Bean Blossom Community Church for her PowerPoint presentation on Middle East countries with authentic costume sharing and fun board game time with our teens; Carri Spires for her self-portrait session; Paul Landry and Pam Boer for the fabulous pasta cooking session; Brown County Pottery for two special sessions of pottery molding; Laura Boyer of Sweetea’s for a Tea 101 workshop at her store for fun tea time and tea materials learning; Emmy Blackwell from the Brown County Public Library for the enormous Lego time; Abby Smith for art learning time; Pam Boer and Connie Casey for the Christmas cookie baking and decoration session; Guy Knaus for leading the exciting drum session; Lisa Bowman of Hope for Hearts Horse Farm for the incredible session of interactions with horses, game and craft time; Dr. Laura Hammack, superintendent of Brown County Schools, Sandra Pool, department of transportation, and the school board for the generous support of providing a school bus for the field trip to Hope for Hearts Horse Farm; Jonathan Bolte, president of the Brown County Literacy Coalition, for bringing multiple boxes of books to engage our BETA teens to read.

BETA has also started tutoring programs at both the junior high and high school starting in January 2018, and would like to specially thank Mrs. Sharon Snodgress, Mr. Brian Garman, Mr. Greg Pagnard, Mr. Dustin Robinson, Mr. Shane Killinger and the high school National Honor Society students for organizing and supporting the tutoring sessions.

BETA also would like to thank our school administration office staff at both the junior high and high school, Mrs. Christy Pruitt, Mrs. Kelly Morse, Mrs. Pam Bond and Mrs. Jenny Austin, for their ongoing support for copying, pick-up and drop-off of BETA documents by the students.

BETA also is also greatly thankful to Nathan Dillon, director of Everybody Rocks, for his continuous session of free guitar lessons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday with the support from the After School Art Committee (ASAC).

BETA teens also have enjoyed various homemade food items including Korean food brought by the following individuals: Guy and Bobbie Knaus, Paul Landry, Pam Boer and Connie Casey.

BETA teens also enjoyed the caring presence of the following volunteers for the second quarter: Pastor Kenneth Alip, Paul Landry, Shelly Landry, Pam Boer, Connie Casey, Abby Smith, Guy Knaus and Katie Barker (IU intern).

BETA also would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their generous donations: United Methodist Church, Rachel Choi (CA), Norb and Marti Garvey of Homes from the Wood LLC, James and Elizabeth More, Michael Zook, Barbara Livesey, Pam Raider and David Martin through our holiday mail campaign.

BETA also would like to thank the following for their ongoing support: the Brown County Community Foundation, Brown County Art Guild, Town of Nashville, Brown County Commissioners and YMCA.

BETA opens on Tuesdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at BETA Center, 45 S. Jefferson St., across from the United Methodist Church. BETA offers free drum sessions from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and free guitar lessons on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please visit our Facebook page “BETA Teen Center” and follow and like us.

Also, feel free to send your donation to BETA, P.O. Box 1194, Nashville, IN 47448. BETA also has established a BETA Endowment Fund at the Brown County Community Foundation for your generous donation. Please contact Larry Pejeau (812-988-4882), CEO of the BCCF, to consult about this special fund.

BETA is constantly looking for responsible and caring adults to help with teens, programs, office work or to serve on the board. Please contact Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 or email clarastanley0309@yahoo.com, or Guy Knaus at 812-671-5233 or gknaus7@gmail.com with questions or to offer volunteer help.

BETA is also having its 2018 fundraiser event of the Youth Music Showcase, featuring Kara Barnard and her music students, on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, so please stay tuned with us for this upcoming event.

BETA is made possible by your love and care, and our teens in Brown County are blessed with this incredible community.

Respectfully submitted by,

Clara Stanley, Guy Knaus and the BETA board

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