Even the youngest Bartow County residents are finding ways to contribute to the COVID-19 relief efforts.
To meet their community service requirement, Clear Creek Elementary School’s National Junior Beta Club members Macyn Padgett, Jacob Turgeon, Wendy Scott and Paige Babcock came up with projects to help front-line workers and others affected by the pandemic.
“I am very proud of each of these students for finding a way to make a difference during these challenging times,” Beta Club sponsor Robin Morrow said. “Each student identified a need and found a creative way to help others. These students truly exemplified the motto of Beta Club, ‘Let us lead by serving others.’”
Assistant Principal Ellen Mooney said she also is “very proud” of the students for their “willingness to support important groups in our community.”
“They not only show strength in the area of academics, they also show great character,” she said.
Paige, 10, actually completed two projects.
On March 26, the fourth-grader made and donated face masks using a pattern that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
“I made masks because a lot of companies are running out, and they can help keep people safe,” she said.
And throughout April, Paige said she made cards for residents of two local nursing homes “to cheer them up during the quarantine.”
“I chose to make cards for residents because they are not allowed to go out of their rooms or have visitors, and it could cheer them up,” she said.
The daughter of Trent and Jessica Babcock of Cartersville added she thought both projects “turned out great.”
Morrow said Paige, who was president of the fourth-grade Beta Club, is “very creative and talented at making things” and “continues to encourage her fellow Beta Club members to make a difference every day.”
The fifth-grade Beta Club president, Jacob made a batch of hand sanitizer April 29 and donated it to Harbin Clinic for his service project.
“Jacob is a talented scientist, and he researched the best way to make homemade hand sanitize since the availability was limited,” Morrow said. “As he goes off to middle school in the fall, I know he will continue to be a strong leader and help others.”
The son of Steve and Yanira Turgeon of Cartersville, 11-year-old Jacob said he combined 70% rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel with a few drops of essential oil to make the hand sanitizer.
“Since many stores had a shortage of hand sanitizer, I thought it would be good to make hand sanitizer to help the community during this pandemic,” he said. “I think it turned out well. Harbin Clinic was able to give hand sanitizer to patients when soap and water was not available or they carried it with them so they could use it to avoid getting sick.”
Fourth-grader Macyn let the workers at Cartersville Medical Center know how much they were appreciated by displaying the message “We Love CMC. Thank You for Being Here” across the lawn on March 13 – the same day the schools were closed for what turned into the rest of the year – and getting Chick-fil-A to donate biscuits and coffee to the staff the following morning.
“I asked my mom if we could put a sign up to encourage the nurses and doctors at the hospital,” she said. “She called a company called Card My Yard and helped me order the right sign.”
Macyn, daughter of Jeremy and Nicole Padgett of Cartersville, had a couple of reasons for doing a project for the hospital.
“I know so many people that have been sick with this terrible virus,” she said. “Our church had several people who were very sick. My grandmother is a nurse at Cartersville Medical Center, and when we would talk to her after working all day, she would tell us how tired and worried everyone was. I felt like the staff needed to know how important they all are.”
The 10-year-old, who was vice president of the fourth-grade Beta Club, said she thought the project “turned out really good.”
“It was a great outcome,” she said. “My family and I went to the hospital that night to see the sign, and lots of staff came out there, too. The staff were happy and grateful. One of the nurses told me, ‘The sign was encouraging and would help to keep everyone’s spirits up during this crisis.’”
Morrow said Macyn is “very compassionate and always tries to help encourage others."
“She found a way to encourage an entire hospital and inspire the community at the beginning of the pandemic,” she said.
Wendy, daughter of Will and Gayle Scott of Cartersville, also did a project that involved the hospital — she donated Girl Scout cookies to the employees.
“Wendy is very thoughtful and wanted to brighten the day for those working at the hospital,” Morrow said. “She is a passionate Girl Scout, and she found a way to combine both Girl Scouts and Beta Club for this service project.”
The fourth-grader, who is “almost 10,” said she wanted to donate the cookies because the “doctors, nurses and hospital staff have worked so hard, and they deserve an award.”
“I think it turned out excellent,” she said of her project.