by Shelby Powers
Partnership for Success is one of Bellbrook High School’s most popular community service clubs. Advised by media specialist Mrs. Sumner, PFS sponsors various community projects throughout the year.
The name Partnership for Success defines what the club actually does; they “partner” with local businesses, the Parks District, and the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Chamber of Commerce to achieve success within the community. There are around fifty members in the club, and they work together to serve the community. The president of the club is senior Rebecca Elting, the vice president is junior Monica Hennen, the treasurer is junior Kristen Johnson, and the treasurer is sophomore Tori Weslow.
The club’s past products include funding the local frisbee golf course behind Bellbrook Middle School, selling rings for the DNT TXT and DRIVE campaign, and packing shoeboxes of gifts for soldiers. Several students last year even built and slept in a cardboard city to raise awareness for homelessness.
Upcoming projects include volunteering to work at the Parks District’s event Halloween in the Park by painting faces and running the costume contest.
Winter projects include Christmas in the Park and Christmas Kindness, in which students “adopt” a family in need to buy and wrap presents for. In the Spring, the club members volunteer at the annual Sugar Maple Festival and also host an Easter egg hunt in Bellbrook neighborhood Bayberry Cove. A few times every year, the club also goes to the Xenia Red Cross Shelter or St. Vincent DePaul Shelter for Feed the Homeless.
Partnership for Success meets in the library during mentor period every first and third Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting is October 1. Junior Jailene Corporan loves being a part of PFS, saying that her favorite part of it is, “Actually going out and doing stuff in the community and making a difference.” If making a difference in the community sounds like your idea of a good time, then go to the next meeting! New members are always welcome, and there is no fee.