National Beta Club

South Loop

National Beta Club

The Beta Club is a nationwide organization whose chief goals are to promote high academic achievement, nurture character, foster leadership skills and, most importantly, encourage service to others.  


Founded by Dr. John W. Harris in 1934 as a single club, National Beta Club has grown to over 430,000 members in more than 8,400 clubs in 42 states.  South Loop Elementary School is proud to have a school-based chapter of the National Beta Club.

Beta Club Focus

Like all National Beta Clubs, the South Loop Elementary club prepares young people for life. It empowers them to be successful and grow as leaders. Students learn how the Beta values of academic achievement, character, and leadership are all strengthened when we work together to plan and perform community service projects.  

Students are taught to view everything as an opportunity to learn something new.  Every Beta service project begins with a discussion in which students identify areas of need in our community and present solutions to help solve these problems.

Some service activities of the South Loop Beta Club include:

Community Initiatives

  • Meal preparation for retirement communities, shelters, and the Chicago Food Depository.
  • Cleaning areas of 12th Street Beach, Northerly Island, and Dan Ryan Woods Forest Preserve.
  • Clothing drives.

School Initiatives:

  • Homework helpers
  • Paper recycling program
  • Painting murals

Global Initiatives:

  • Fundraising for victims of natural disasters


Beta Convention

The highlight of the year is a trip to Springfield for the Illinois State Beta Convention.  The convention gives students a chance to come together as a group to use their leadership skills and display their talents and achievements.  It is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet kids from all over the state who share a desire to make the world a better place.



Participation in the Junior Beta Club is determined based on a nomination process for 5th-8th graders who display the ability and desire to make positive change in their community. South Loop students are nominated by teachers, staff, and current Beta Club members with a letter of recommendation. Participants are then selected by a nomination committee.


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