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Organizations

The following Belleville East clubs/organizations have partnered with Character Counts to reach out to more students on campus and individuals and organizations in our communities. These groups share a similar mission of service, advocacy and peace. We seek to unite our resources to make a greater impact on our school and community.

Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) Club

Sponsors: Asley Creek, Carol Francis-Jorns, Susan Hull

Hope Club participates in after-school activities with special needs students such as going to a Lancer Football Game, school plays, out for dinner or to a Cardinal Baseball Game. They also assist students through tutoring during Study Hall and accessing other clubs on campus.

Interact

Sponsors: Kelli Scaiefe, Shelley Watts

Interact is a Rotary International-sponsored service club for young adults ages 14-18. The program gives young people opportunities to participate in fun, meaningful projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Through service activities, members can learn the importance of: developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, advancing international understanding and goodwill, and understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work. Interact will complete at least two community service progects each year.

Lifesavers

Sponsors: Norm Dahm, Chris Grodeon, Rich Hodson, Jeff West, Dale Zink, Brittany Cox

Lifesavers is an independent, school wide, all-volunteer coalition of students and faculty dedicated to the goal of drug and alcohol free youth and overall wellness in a teen training leadership program. The Lifesavers objective is to involve all segments of the high school in the process of prevention and to provide our youth and their families with the information, skills, and support necessary for youth to remain drug and alcohol free and healthy in overall wellness.
EACH ONE, REACH ONE

 

Mashariki Multicultural Club

Sponsors: David Appel, Laura Blankenship

Mashariki Mutlicultural Club or MMC began in September 2006. The mission of MMC is to encourage the student body at Belleville East to celebrate cultural diversity in positive ways; such as hip hop, step, mime, praise dance, drumming, poetry and song. Because they serve as representatives of the school, members in Mashariki must maintain good grades, exhibit strong character, and have the chance to showcase their talents at various performances.

National Honors Society

Sponsor: Katie Hoerner

The Belleville East Chapter of National Honor Society is dedicated to upholding the principles of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service that have defined NHS for close to 90 years. All active members of our chapter maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and conduct at least 15 hours of community service a semester. The goal of our chapter is to provide leadership on the Belleville East campus and our surrounding community. We are proud to represent our school and hope to inspire others with our actions.

Octagon Club

Sponsors: Michelle Seneczyn, Judy Baldus

The Octagon Club is a community organizational group which allows students to become volunteers in their school and community. The students volunteer for various groups to help make a positive difference in our community.

Peer Mediation

Peer Mediation Committee: Laurie Gray, Jill Bergmann, Mary Guest, Anthony Gonzalez, Matt Mason, Keith Moran, Jen Svehla, Sarah Keim, Michon Pals, Cheryl Logston


Peer mediators work with students in conflict to help them resolve their disputes peacefully. Participation in the program also helps to teach basic principals of conflict resolution so that students learn to solve problems more effectively without as much adult intervention or disciplinary action. Belleville East Peer Mediation Program is designed to help students learn to deal with their conflicts creatively and constructively. We have 30 trained mediators who work with students in conflict through principles of mediatiation and conflict resolution. The specific goals of peer mediation are:
• To teach students that conflicts can be used as opportunities to grow and learn
• To reduce aggressive behaviors between students
• To improve the overall school climate through improved communication and mutual understanding between individuals

STRIDE

Sponsor: Stacy McIlwain

STRIDE (Student and Teachers Respecting Individual Differences Equally) seeks to promote acceptance and educate our peers about the diversity of our society, specifically our school community. The students considered themselves both a Gay-Straight Alliance and Anti-bullying organization.

Student Council

Sponsor: Catherine Dean

See the individual club or organization website by clicking on the links. Also see the tab on the main page titled "Calendar" to see upcoming activities.

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