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Beta students support kids in foster care

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By Kacie Goode

Local Beta Club students have been working on service projects targeting Kentucky children in foster care. These students have shown their support by putting together special kits to make kids feel more at home.

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At Old Kentucky Home Middle School on Monday, students were packing backpacks with art supplies, games, snacks, toiletries and other items to help meet the needs of children in different age groups.

The project was made possible through school and community donations, and the club prepared 12 backpacks that will be given to kids immediately removed from homes that may not have much time to pack their belongings. The backpacks will be given to Nelson County Child Protective Services.

On Wednesday, Bloomfield Elementary School Beta Club students donated 65 small bags containing a stuffed animal and a book, “Love You From Right Here,” to the Department of Community Based Services.

The book is a keepsake specifically designed for children in foster care and includes a journaling section for the foster family the children can take with them when they return home. The BES club raised money for the books through Easter grams and donations, and the project was selected for National competition this summer.

According to Marjorie Shular, a service region administrator associate with DCBS who covers the 17-county area, there are an estimated 8,700 children in Kentucky currently in foster care, with about 1,300 in the region she covers.