When a school group wants to hold a fundraiser, the usual idea is to hold a bake sale or to sell something.
Berkeley High School Beta Club Secretary Deborah McCammon and sponsor Kathy Jones had a different idea. Deborah cited other Haiti benefit concerts, notably ones held by Bono and Jay-Z, as inspiration for Berkeley High's own concert March 7. She says the Beta Club held a bake sale earlier in the semester, and it brought in a decent profit, but she wanted something that would get the entire community, not just the school, involved.
Jones had a similar idea after seeing other schools' Beta clubs host benefit concerts with great success, and both collaborated on planning a large-scale project. Deborah was surprised when Berkeley Principal Kim McLaren almost immediately approved the event and even offered her services with sound and lighting.
Various local musical groups and talent acts performed that night as well as the Beta Club's band and Voices of Berkeley chorus. A local missionary group also attended the event and spoke during the intermission.
The group runs an orphanage in Haiti, and had returned to the United States the morning before the earthquake Jan. 12.
Deborah said she thinks that after Hope for Haiti, the Beta Club will be allowed more creative freedom, and the "spirit of fundraising, whatever the case may be, will be appreciated."
She thinks that future fundraisers will be on the same scale of Hope for Haiti "so long as the morale, support and desire to help, not only of the club, but that of the community, stay strong."
Art Club provides aesthetic charm
Berkeley High School's campus is decorated with many works of art. These include signs based on famous record albums naming the hallways. What many students do not know is that the school's aesthetic charm is provided by its own Art Club.
The Art Club, run by Tammy Casa, undertakes several projects throughout the year to raise funds or promote an upcoming event.
Berkeley's Art Club is known for painting a mural on Moncks Corner's Sears building during the holidays. A more recent project had the club creating and selling stained-glass art in mid-March. The Art Club has 13 members and meets every Thursday afternoon.
Students who are interested in joining do not need to be in an art class and can join at the beginning of the school year.
Art Club member Kirsten Burton says, "It's really a lot of fun, but we need more members!"