Erwin Middle Beta Club Reads at Johnston

Erwin Middle Beta Club Reads at Johnston
Posted on 03/09/2022
Clyde A. Erwin Middle School (CAEMS) students read to their younger peers, answered burning questions about middle school life, and reminisced with their favorite elementary school teachers during a visit to Johnston Elementary School on March 4. By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Clyde A. Erwin Middle School (CAEMS) students read to their younger peers, answered burning questions about middle school life, and reminisced with their favorite elementary school teachers during a visit to Johnston Elementary School on March 4.

As part of Read Across America Week, members of the CAEMS Jr. Beta Club sat in the teachers’ chairs and read elementary favorites like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Pete the Cat” to the Johnston students. It was an entertaining and eye-opening experience all around. Johnston students got to learn what the big kids are up to, and middle schoolers loved the sense of leadership they got from stepping into the teacher role for a few minutes.

“The kids were active in the conversation and asked lots of questions,” said Ayden, an eighth grader. “I felt like I was a role model for them. I’m doing something good for the community.”

CAEMS club sponsors Ben Urfer and Amy Vaughn were impressed to see their students overcome nervousness and take up the challenge of entertaining young children.

“It took them out of their comfort zone, but that’s a good thing,” Ms. Vaughn said. “That’s what leads to growth. And some of them went to school here, so it’s great to see them giving back.”

Mr. Urfer agreed.

“Leadership is crucial for middle schoolers, especially in the classroom,” he said. “Beta Club is such a good thing for that, and I’m glad it’s started back up at our school. The kids are excited about it.”