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CDGT 2009-2010

The following collection comes from the editions of Honor Society News, the official e-newsletter of NHS and NJHS, that were shared during the 2009-2010 school year. In case you missed these stories, we hope some new ideas and inspiration can come from reviewing this content. Many of these references originated from news stories published locally and shared via various online search engines.

October 2009

(Note: No CDGT stories were run in August, September, or June in 09-10)

  • Beaufort, SC. NHS members from Beaufort High School have been working with local firefighters to teach them Spanish so they can better communicate. With a growing population of Spanish-speakers in the area, firefighters need second-language skills to respond to emergencies more quickly and effectively.
  • Azle, TX. NHS members at Azle HS, nicknamed the “drain brains,” collaborated with city officials to mark the city’s storm water drains as part of a local campaign to discourage area residents from using those drains as dumping locations for all kinds of noxious materials. With water shortages in many parts of the state, including Azle, this effort by the chapter is preserving the quality of local drinking water for everyone.
  • White Hall, IL. Last June, as part of their year-long calendar of service activities, NHS members at North Greene HS participated in the county’s Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society raising more than $1500 by keeping a team member walking/running on the track throughout the event.
  • Shickshinny, PA. The dodge ball tournament sponsored by the Northwest Area HS NHS chapter raised more than $382 for the Ronald McDonald House of Danville, PA. This was but one project of many for the 128 members working under the chapter motto, “children helping children.”
  • Augusta, GA. When the senior NHS members at Josey High School thought to invite their school’s alumnus, Seattle Seahawks safety Deon Grant, to speak at their spring awards ceremony, they expected only a speech. Over the summer, Mr. Grant fulfilled the promise he made to the 14 seniors by providing them each with a laptop to take to college this fall. Mr. Grant had been an NHS member as well as a star athlete at the school.
  • Frazee, MN. When school policies regarding lunch purchases changed quickly at the start of the school year, NHS chapter members at Frazee High responded quickly by providing sandwiches to those students who came up short at lunch time during the first week of school. Alert to the needs of their peers, the chapter was commended by the school administration for their response.
  • Richmond, IL. Among the many projects by the NHS chapter at Richmond-Burton High that earned a total of more than $10,000 last year, the chapter awarded some special scholarships. One scholarship, named after an alumnus who died from Muscular Dystrophy, was provided to a senior who had to overcome adversity in his or her life. The chapter also awarded a Fine Arts scholarship to a senior excelling in the arts.
  • Raymond, IL. The NHS chapter at Lincolnwood High joined efforts in September with the school’s volleyball team to challenge a rival team to a “Volley for the Cure” to raise money for cancer research. The chapter sold shirts for the event, the profits going to the Montgomery County Breast Cancer support group.
  • Bolingbrook, IL. When a player on the visiting football team collapsed and died at an early season game, the NHS chapter at Bolingrook High stepped up right away to help. Learning that the death was asthma-related, the chapter organized to collect money to share with both the student’s family and the Asthma Research Foundation. Kudos to the chapter for their good sportsmanship and quick response.
  • Clovis, NM. Several NHS students from Clovis Christian School helped distribute 61 reconditioned bicycles at a local children’s’ center. Bikes were donated by police departments, individuals, and community groups. The collection, reworking, and distribution were organized through the Northeast Texas Bicycle Association.
  • Aurora, IL. The NHS chapter at East Aurora HS held their 13th annual March Against Violence on September 11, 2009. The march was begun to commemorate the anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 by promoting peace in the community. School and community organizations participated to join in this positive message for all.
  • Marriottsville, MD. NHS members from Marriotts Ridge HS along with representatives of the school’s National Art Honor Society and Green School committee organized an eat-in on Labor Day as part of a national “Time for Lunch” campaign. The goals of the event were to encourage a healthy dialogue about school lunches and to promote healthy eating habits. [12]

November 2009

Not a day goes by that somewhere an NHS or NJHS chapter is doing good at school or in the community. Here are ten activities gleaned from the news over the past month:

  • Friendly HS of Ft. Washington, MD recently was featured on “Hero Central” on www.wusa9.com for their NHS chapter’s ongoing work at school and in the community. They’ve supported children’s’ hospitals, food drives, day care centers, nursing homes, and held a Career Fair for the school.
  • The NHS chapter at Bolingbrook (IL) HS has sponsored an Octoberfest at the school to raise money for the chapter. The event featured face painting, games, an enchanted hallway and a costume contest and bake sale. Local children and adults were invited to participate in this seasonal fundraiser.
  • Washburn Rural HS of Topeka, Kansas recently spent a day cleaning up graffiti painted by other students on private property around the school. The chapter wanted the community to know that there are students who do care about the surrounding community and who take pride in its appearance.
  • The NHS chapter at Linn HS in Linn, Missouri helps set up and then clean up for the local crafts fair. For their work, the chapter receives a share of the fair’s profits which is then given to the local food pantry. The fair also contributes to other school groups so this becomes a win-win situation for all involved at school and in the community.
  • Connellsville (PA) Area HS collects cell phones and winter clothing to distribute to the local domestic violence centers in the area. In addition, they collaborate with the local Lions Club with their “Eyes for the Needy” program by collecting old/used eyeglasses. Next month they’ll support Toys for Tots and collect food for the local ministry outreach program.
  • The NJHS chapter at Fort Morgan (CO) Middle School helped raise money for polio by picking up the plastic ducks dropped from an airplane during the local Rotary Club’s Duck Drop. No live ducks were harmed in this activity which was part of Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The ducks landing closest to the center of a target on the ground won cash prizes. More than 1,100 plastic ducks were dropped this year.
  • Last December, a senior at Butler (NJ) HS lost her father. With family income in question, the student’s plans for college were threatened. Responding to this need, the NHS chapter sponsored a whole day and evening of fund-raising activities. The day included a walk-a-thon around campus, a read-a-thon in the library, an antique car show and a bake sale. Musicians performed on the athletic field during the event. Local fire, police, and rescue displayed equipment and the local municipal government also declared a special day for the family. The local radio station did a remote broadcast from the site. The day concluded with a “Mr. Butler” contest and a dramatic presentation about the life of Henry David Thoreau creatively performed by an expert on the famous American author. The events were successful in raising money and the student is now an active college freshman thanks to the chapter’s work.
  • Goshen (OH) HS staff members have faced the typical problems with junk mail at school. The NHS chapter now offers a junk mail removal service for all staff. Cooperating with the office aides who sort the mail, chapter members make the contact to have names removed from unwanted mailing lists. Trees are saved and annoyances removed with the help of the Honor Society.
  • NHS members from Loveland (CO) HS, have raised money to buy trees and then invested time and muscles to help plant them. The effort supports the work of the Loveland Parks and Recreation Department and gives chapter members the opportunity to work in the community for the improvement of the environment for all.
  • November is Prematurity Awareness Month. One national organization that focuses on this topic is the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. To raise money for this cause, NHS members from Perry Meridian HS in Indianapolis, Indiana sett buttons to staff for $5.00 which permits them to wear jeans on a predetermined Friday. Chapter members then get involved during lunch with activities such as a diaper-changing race to help raise awareness for the cause. The chapter uses resources available from March of Dimes as part of their promotions during this annual weekly event. [10]

December 2009

  • When the recession created cutbacks in the local after-school tutoring program in Aiken County, SC, the NHS chapter at Silver Bluff HS in Aiken, SC responded. Working with the principal of the school, the chapter created after-school tutoring sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays and morning tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Adult supervision of the sessions was coordinated by the administration through creative staff scheduling.
  • NHS members joined representatives from the faculty, the Green Club and the Key Club at Weston HS (CT) to plant bulbs in the new outdoor garden at the school. Plans include putting in vegetables in the spring. Community members were asked for input on how to make the garden a success and to support the students’ interests in “going green” at school.
  • Fort Gibson HS (OK) demonstrated the power of collaboration among student groups in November. The student council sponsored a Powder Puff game with admission being four cans of food to help the local community food bank. FCCLA scheduled a food scavenger hunt to solicit donations from the community. The National Honor Society also sponsored a food drive. The school goal was to collect enough food for the food bank to feed 30 to 35 families at Thanksgiving.
  • In another food collection story, ten students from the Whitman-Hanson Regional HS in Whitman, MA volunteered to sort food at the Boston Food Bank which distributes food across the state. They were trained at the site and they spent two hours sorting 10,000 pounds of food. Pictures of these helpers are posted with our “Tips for Food Drives”.
  • From Colombia, South America, the NHS & NJHS chapters at Colegio Albania in Mushaisa, Colombia were hard at work on Saturdays this fall teaching less fortunate students computer literacy skills and sharing the use of the school’s computer lab. They also helped provide classes in English language for the students. The chapter also helped in the creation of a new National Elementary Honor Society chapter at the school, holding their first induction on November 12.
  • Yerington (NV) HS students in NHS collected old eye glasses from the community in October as part of the local Lions Club project to help the needy. Learn more about this national charity effort.
  • In Poquoson, VA, students from the NHS chapter at the high school have organized twice-monthly tutoring sessions with their buddies at the middle school. The chapter members tutor and mentor their younger colleagues.
  • Harlingen (TX) HS chapter members have promoted “Blue Jeans Thursdays” for the teachers of the school. For a donation of $20 each semester, staff can wear jeans on Thursdays. The donations are included in the support of the local Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The school has so far raised $4,000 for the cause.
  • Northeast Guilford HS in McLeansville, NC sponsored “Loot for Lupus” to raise money for the regional Lupus Society in honor of a classmate who passed away recently from the disease. Chapter members decorated cans for students to vote with coins for the teacher who would be “awarded” a pie in the face for collecting the most money. The pie was delivered and more than $250 was raised for a good cause.
  • Wellsboro (PA) HS raises money every winter holiday season by volunteering to ring bells for the Salvation Army. Starting on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and running every Saturday through Christmas, the chapter members volunteer more than thirty hours as bell-ringers.
  • When Parent/Teacher Conference days arrived earlier this year, the NHS chapter at Van Meter Community School (IA) offered a free day care for parents. They also assisted with a book fair during the same conferences. More than $2500 was raised for the school libraries. This activity follows their volunteer work at the local zoo in Des Moines where they dressed up and entertained area children for the zoo’s Halloween celebration. They created an Animoto video project of the day that can be seen at www.youtube.com.
  • --Sharing an idea from the student council realm. Four rival high schools in Greenville, SC select a charity (or charities) to donate to each year and then they plan and execute an entire week of non-stop activity aimed at raising more money for charity that the rival schools. This is competition for a cause – a great way to motivate giving by using existing school rivalries and an alternative to more traditional school spirit week activities. Last year, these four schools (Wade Hampton HS, J.L. Mann HS, Eastside HS, and Greenville HS) raised more than $870,000 – we’re awaiting a report on this year’s totals. [12]

January 2010

  • Traffic assistance. The NJHS members at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, MD come to school early to help out with the car line in the parking lot. No busses service the school, so parents arrive as early as 7:30 forming a long line to drop off up to 500 students every day. Every school day, chapter members open doors, help little ones, and greet the parents who can remain in their cars while the chapter members provide the assistance.
  • Exploiting college rivalries. The canned food drive at Livingston (AL) HS, run by the NHS chapter, is knows as the “Iron Bowl Challenge.” It takes place just before the annual Iron Bowl Classic football game which features arch-rivals, the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Students contribute food goods to the team of their choice. Regardless of the game’s outcome, the winning team/university at school is determined by who receives the most food donations. Basketball and hockey seasons, whether collegiate or pro, are upon us. Time to exploit those local rivalries for a good cause.
  • Sound OFF. Howland (OH) High school played “MmmBop” by Hanson continuously during lunch until they reached their goal of raising $1500 for a children’s hospital in Akron. The campaign was part of the “Koins for Kids” inter-school competition in the area. To end the playing of the music, donations were collected at lunch and each donor’s name was placed on a small but attractive paper snowman posted on the walls. The chapter exceeded its goal and donated $2,000.
  • Bikes and Toys. Pittston Area (PA) High School NHS members organized all 40 homerooms at their school in an effort to raise money for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign this year. Each homeroom collected enough money to buy a bicycle to donate with extra funds used to purchase additional toys. Part of the money came from Jeans Day that was granted to anyone, students or teachers, who donated at least $2 to the campaign. This was the third year the chapter has sponsored this project.
  • Warm, clean homes. In response to a growing number of homeless citizens, more than 40 community organizations in Grand Junction, CO worked harder than ever to provide homes to the homeless in their “Home Now” campaign in 2009. The NHS chapter at Palisade HS pitched in raising $1,000 to provide 19 laundry baskets filled with cleaning supplies to aid these families in keeping their new homes clean. The chapter’s mission is to “make clear impacts in our community” and viewed this effort as an important contribution.
  • Green Day in TX. Alexander-Smith Academy is a small private high school in Houston, TX. The NHS chapter completed a 2-month project last fall to begin recycling paper and plastic at the school. Members decorated “green” recycling boxes for each teacher’s room, the library, and student breakroom. Art students provided recycled artwork for each box. NHS students conducted a school-wide assembly with videos, handouts, and student participation to encourage recycling. A “Papers for Pepperoni” year-long project provides pizza every time 3 giant bags of paper and plastic are collected.
  • Holiday highlights. The chapter at Hopatcong (NJ) HS kept the holiday spirits alive from Thanksgiving through Christmas. For Thanksgiving they collected 31 turkeys and 1500 food items with their food drive. In December they sponsored a mitten tree where they collected donations of toys and clothing that went to more than 100 needy youth in the community.
  • Power in Numbers. Salt Lake City, UT sponsors a Festival of Trees every December to raise money for a local children’s hospital. The NHS chapter at Brighton HS donated a tree this year with 100 pairs of gloves along with hats and scarves. But to raise more money for the cause, the chapter encouraged all members to take their families to the festival. With 150 members and a $3 admission, that guaranteed a minimum additional contribution of $450 – and likely much more.
  • Coats of Care. The NJHS at David Lipscomb Middle School in Nashville, TN sponsored the coat drive on campus.  The society placed boxes throughout the school hallways and offices in the elementary, middle, and high school buildings.  The officers made announcements in assembly each day for the donation of outgrown coats in good condition.  Several hundred coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and sweaters were collected.  The coats were delivered to a local church for distribution to the community through the Warm Coats From Warm Hearts program.
  • Response to the Recession: The economic impact of the current recession has tugged at the heartstrings of the NJHS members at Princess Anne MS in Virginia Beach, VA. In December the chapter played Santa Claus by adopting three Princess Anne Middle School families and providing them with the resources to have a holiday dinner and gift cards so there can be presents under the Christmas tree.  The parents of the families were in tears as they were overwhelmed by the plethora of food and presents.  [10]

February 2010

In addition to the many reports of projects relating to relief efforts for the people of Haiti, we offer the following stories from new reports we received in the last month.

  • Coaches v. Cancer. The NHS chapter at McCook (NE) High School collaborated with the school’s student council and athletic department to raise money for the American Cancer society in January during it’s “Coaches V. Cancer” game. NHS raffled off an opportunity to shoot for a basket worth $25 while the student council collected donations which were supplemented by a share of the ticket sales.
  • Tutoring at the Library. NHS students from Fair Lawn (NJ) high school tutor every Monday afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the local library. Tutoring takes place in the Children’s department and assists younger students in completing their schoolwork. Tutoring takes place through May.
  • Toy Drive. West Milford (NJ) High School NHS members coordinated a toy drive in December collecting more than 400 toys. In addition to the 150 toys collected from their own school, two chapter members contacted principals at the local middle school and four elementary schools asking them to participate. Chapter members then planned regular pickups from these schools as well as the ultimate delivery to patients in the Pediatric Oncology Ward at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
  • Aiding a Shelter. NHS members at Northwest Area HS in Shickshinny, PA collected more than 720 items, including grocery gift cards and cash to share with those in need at the local women and children’s shelter, the Catherine McAuley House. Chapter members collected, loaded and delivered the goods in January.
  • DVDs for the Troops. Thirty-five members of NHS at East Bridgewater (MA) High School collected more than 800 CDs and DVDs as a donation to the town’s chapter of “Support Our Troops”. The project goal was 25 items per chapter member. Members also made Valentine cards and provided homemade baked goods to include in the care packages which were mailed to local citizens serving in the military overseas.
  • Houses going up. The thirteen-person chapter at Shelter Island (NY) School has been up to big things. In January they and their adviser helped raise the first walls of a home being built by Habitat for Humanity. The chapter had raised more than $3200 for this effort last November by building a cardboard house at school and spending the night there to raise awareness and funds.  A side benefit for the chapter: The family is originally from Haiti and the new home will help them provide shelter for relatives following the earthquake.
  • Troop Support. NHS members at Southwest R-5 High School , Washburn, MO, purchased, collected, and packaged much-needed personal items for troops current stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The chapter collaborated with the Women’s Auxiliary of the Washburn post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in this effort.
  • Busy in MS MS: NJHS members at Woolfolk Middle School in Yazoo City, MS have been very busy this year. So far they have inducted 39 new members, collected 1500 cans for local food pantries, delivered personal care items to local nursing homes, donated more personal care items to local hospice patients, made and donated a patriotic quilt to the local VFW, and supported the Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation with their “Pennies for Patients” campaign. And the year is only half over! Kudos.
  • More Toys. Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, AZ participated in the Toys For Tots campaign organized by the US Marine Corps in December. The project, coordinated by the 56-member chapter, brought in more than 600 toys from their student body of 1,000 students.
  • Helping the Homeless. Saligman Middle School’s NJHS in Elkins Park, PA organized its ten advisory groups to collect enough personal items to create 50 “dignity kits” to contribute to the homeless in Philadelphia. The chapter collaborated with The Al Aqsa Muslim Academy in Philly which donated an additional 50 kids all of which were delivered on Martin Luther King Day this year.
  • Elder Aid. Last December, NHS members from Hopi High School in Keams Canyon, AZ delivered 140 turkeys and the fixings to elders in various communities surrounding their school. Last year the chapter just collected the food, but this year following the collections, chapter members delivered the aid to community centers as an addition to their service project. [11]

March 2010

In addition to the many reports of projects relating to relief efforts for the people of Haiti and Chile, we offer the following stories from new reports we received in the last month.

  • Winter wonders. NHS students at Horizon HS in El Paso, TX were busy in December and January. They donated 400 pounds of clothes to a local shelter and then contributed 500 pounds of canned goods and money to pay utilities bills to an orphanage across the border in Juarez, Mexico. The also donated more than 100 toys to the local Toys for Tots campaign sponsored by the Marine Corps. In January they kept up the work by collecting more than $300 for the American Red Cross designated for Haiti relief.
  • Custodial care. NHS members at Jordan HS in Durham, NC showed their appreciation for the school’s custodial staff by treating them to a special luncheon last January. In addition to the good food, chapter members engaged in conversation with the staff learning more about the hard work and the personal history of many of the custodians.
  • Van for the Valiant. The NJHS members at Cathedral Middle School in Superior, WI filled a mini-van with toiletries and other supplies to send to soldiers deployed overseas. The school of 200 contributed items to the chapter project to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women serving our country.
  • Blankets for cancer patients. NHS members at Minot (ND) High School – Magic City Campus recently raised money to buy materials and make fleece blankets to share with patients at a local cancer care center.
  • Camper Care. Some people in the Camden, NJ area have been forced out of their homes and now live in a ‘tent city’ in town. NHS members at the LEAP Academy University Charter HS planned and coordinated a community outreach to these citizens by providing food, water, toiletries, coats, blankets and storage containers to 100+ residents.
  • Prison Child Care. NHS members at Escuela Panamericana in El Salvador organized their “Toy for a Smile” campaign to provide toys, food, hygiene supplies and other necessities to children being raised by mothers incarcerated in a local penitentiary. Nearly 1,400 items were collected and shared during this outreach campaign. Note: NHS and NJHS chapters exist in more than 60 countries overseas in both American-based and international schools.
  • Bagel Breakfast Benefits. Irondale HS NHS members in New Brighton, MN raised funds, purchased and distributed more than 600 bagels to classmates before their first semester exams. With many students coming to school without a good breakfast, the chapter wanted to make certain that all students were performing at their best at exam time.
  • Books for the Bayous. Gibraltar HS in Fish Creek, WI collected and sent 30 boxes of books to New Orleans to aid in the rebuilding following hurricane Katrina. The chapter raised money selling cookies to cover the mailing costs for this project. Many of the books were retired volumes from the school and local library along with older textbooks being recycled by the school.
  • Combat Cookies. An alumnus of Whitman-Hanson HS, Whitman, MA is currently deployed in Iraq in a unit that dismantles IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). To show support for their colleague and others serving with him, the NHS chapter baked and mailed 900 cookies. The alumnus wrote back to thank the chapter for showing “that you have pride and honor in your country and the people that serve OUR country.”
  • Active in Athens. The NHS members at Athens (PA) High School have already had an active year. They started the year with a transition day for new students coming to their school, held the day before school started. They rang bells 3 days a week in November and December for the Salvation Army. They collected 4,000 items in a holiday food drive in December. They adopted and cleaned a 2-mile stretch of a local road – done four times a year. They restored the school court year with new trees and flower beds. This spring they’re volunteering for the local Special Olympics at Penn State. This chapter and all the chapters referenced this month are doing great things. Thank you. [10]

April 2010

  • Shaving Principals Heads. Principals in Alaska and Ohio (and no doubt elsewhere) are offering to shave their heads in support of the service-oriented fundraising of Honor Society chapters. Colony High School in Wasilla, Alaska was challenged to raise $3,000 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation to see their principal shave her head. The chapter at Felicity-Franklin High School in Felicity, OH had to raise $2,010 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to see the same. Both schools surpassed their goals and the clippers were employed.
  • Support for Green Fair. The NHS chapter at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School in Rochester, MA asked participants in the local Green Fair to bring donations of gently used books, toys, clothing and safety items. So while learning about how to contribute to the health of watersheds and the global environment, the chapter helped attendees participate in a meaningful local service project that involved “recycling” of materials from their homes.
  • Lots of Lemonade. The 300 members of the NHS chapter at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, CA spanned out across the valley to five locations in March to sell cups of lemonade to raise money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity raising money for cancer research. More than $10,000 was raised in one day of sales. That’s a lot of lemonade and a lot of caring citizens supporting the NHS project.
  • Lounge for Learning. The Pirate NHS Chapter at Waterloo (WI) High School has set up a Homework Lounge where high school students go for help on homework, projects, texts, etc. The lounge is open 2 to 4 blocks every day and students can check out of class or study hall for help, or teachers can send referrals to the chapter adviser.
  • Mardi Gras for Seniors. Sunday afternoons in the dead of winter can be lonely times for some senior citizens. The NHS chapter at Appleton (WI) North High School created a Mardi Gras celebration for seniors four years ago and it has become a popular event. The chapter hosts bingo and card games with prizes donated by local businesses. More than 120 seniors showed up this year for an afternoon of fun.
  • Local and International Aid. The NHS chapter at the Windsor School in Flushing, NY raised nearly 2,500 pounds of food for their annual food drive this year – that’s almost 200 pounds per member of the 13-member chapter. Half the food was contributed to Haiti relief, the other half contributed to City Harvest in New York City.
  • Senior Service. At John F. Kennedy HS in Paterson, NJ, senior English classes were challenged by the school’s NHS chapter to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program. More than $570 was raised by these members of the class of 2010; the winning class received a pizza party, the 2nd place class got an ice cream party. Perhaps the class of 2011 will surpass the effort next year.
  • Timely Tutors. When the after school tutoring programs in Aiken County, SC were cut last year the NHS chapter at Silver Bluff High School rose to meet the challenge. With help from principal Todd Bornscheuer, after school tutoring sessions were set up on Monday and Wednesday, and before school sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Sixteen chapter members volunteer their time with supervision by staff accommodated by some creative scheduling efforts at the school.
  • Lunches for the Homeless. The homeless population in Houston may have been pleasantly surprised last December by the arrival of bag lunches packed and delivered by the NHS chapter of Woodlands Prep in Spring, TX. The chapter made more than 1500 bag lunches from donated supplies of bags, bread, cheese, and lunchmeat and collaborated with a local support organization to deliver the bags directly to homeless citizens.
  • History Comes to Life. Elementary students in the Willis (TX) Independent School District got the chance to meet some famous people last January. NHS members from Willis HS dressed up as historical figures and traveled the district to present the “living wax museum.” The members researched their characters, dressed up as the person, and presented historical information to the districts elementary students in special presentations at school. Even the chapter members benefitted from the experience. As one member said, “It’s better than reading a textbook or writing about them.” [7]

May 2010

  • Blanket Service. NHS members at Carmel (IN) High School helped make more than 100 blankets for patients from infants to teens at Indianapolis area hospitals and facilities. Thy distributed the blankets to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and to CampAbility, the local Easter Seals summer camp.
  • Stocking Stuffers. NHS members from Brandon (MS) High School, collected toys, toiletries, and other supplies to stuff into holiday stockings for children, teenagers, and mothers last December at the local abused women’s shelter. More than 100 stockings were stuffed and provided for 15 families residing at the shelter where sometimes these donations represent the only holiday gifts received by the residents.
  • Surprise Soup. The NJHS chapter at Luke Elementary in Glendale, AZ conducted a soup drive in February after reading about National Soup Month in <I>Leadership for Student Activities<i> magazine. The school collected 1213 cans of soup over a two week period and donated it to the nearby St. Mary’s food bank in Surprise, AZ. A competition among classrooms was held with the inning classroom (the 3rd graders) receiving an activity day when they played relay games against the 7th and 8th grade NJHS members.
  • Pageant for Patients. When the NHS chapter at Ashbrook HS in Gastonia, NC wanted to contribute to the American Cancer Society, they decided to sponsor a Mr. Ashbrook Pageant. Through well-thought out planning and implementation, the event was held in March and more than $3,500 was raised as a contribution.
  • Budget Babysitters. When the school district budget for Spring Lake Heights (NJ) School looked like it was going to face some serious cuts, the NJHS chapter wanted to help get the information out to parents. When the school system organized a parent’s information session, the chapter stepped up to provide babysitting to encourage family involvement in the budget decision making process. The volunteers read stories, did crafts and provided a snack for the children while their parents voiced their opinions on the budget questions. While the NJHS members couldn’t vote, their volunteer babysitting made it possible for the adults from the community to make informed decisions.
  • Elementary Eggs. NHS members at Ayer (MA) HS organized an egg hunt for the youngest students at a local elementary school. This was the 11th year of the Easter activity that helps the NHS members earn their 20 hours of service above the 30 hours required of all graduating students from the high school. Chapter members worked hard to find the best hiding places for eggs, and then supervised the younger students on their searches, providing them with a bag full of treats to take home after the event.
  • Coins for Cancer. Northwest (PA) Area School joined more than 20,000 schools nationwide in collecting spare change to help children with various forms of blood cancer. Let by the school’s NHS chapter, students participating in the “Pennies for Patients” campaign gathered nearly $2,500 in coins which was then increased by $1,000 from other chapter funds. A total of nearly $3,500 was donated and then the chapter thanked the entire school and provided an ice cream party to the seventh graders for being the grade level raising the most money.
  • Daffodil Days. Scotia-Glenville HS in Scotia, NY donated $2,185 to the American Cancer Society in March following their sale of daffodils as part of the ACS Daffodils Days program. Over the last nine years the chapter has raised nearly $15,000 for this cause. Flowers and generosity are apparently in bloom in Scotia.
  • Basket Bonanza.  Wyoming (PA) Area High School’s NHS chapter donated 80 Easter baskets in April to homeless and underprivileged children in their area. The baskets were filled with toys and candy and decorated for delivery to a variety of facilities in the area.
  • Service for the Troops. When the new chapter adviser at Spencer (IA) High School wanted to revitalize the service component for her chapter, she wanted the activities to be fun and meaningful. When the chapter decided to participate in Support Our Troops and send care packages to troops serving overseas to say thank you, they made it meaningful by finding the names of area residents currently deployed. The chapter made the event fun by pitting male students against female students to see who could raise the most money to support the project. The girls won and were thus allowed to go first in the cafeteria lines at lunch. The care packages will be mailed this month, each with a personal note of appreciation from one of the chapter members.
  • Caring with Clothes. When the NHS members at Canyon HS in New Braunfels, TX realized that more than 500 foster students in their county were teenagers, the decided to do something to help. Realizing that many of these students entered foster homes with little more than the clothes on their backs, chapter members organized a two-week clothing drive. TV announcements were made, clothing donation stations were set up, and promotions were shared with the student body to maximize the collection. More than 20 large bags of clothes and supplies were collected. The chapter adviser noted in her account of the project, “I’ve never been more proud or impressed with the caring of teenagers for one another. It is a touching thing to witness.”
  • Kiss a Kid (a goat, that is). When the NHS chapter at the Martinsville (TX) School found out that one of the school’s 5th graders was severely ill, they decided to help. The student was facing a problem with a transplant rejection and his family could ill-afford all of the bills involved. Rather than giving the money to a charity, the chapter opted to share the money directly with the family of their classmate. To raise the money, every staff member displayed a collection jar and the person collecting the most money would have to kiss a goat at an all school assembly. The 333 students in the school, combined with the organizational efforts of the NHS chapter raised more than $650 for their donation. [13]

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Thanks to all the 85 chapter advisers who contributed project descriptions or who helped promote their chapter and its activities through the local media during this past year. When your chapter gets involved in a worthwhile activity this year, don’t forget to promote it through your local media and send a report to the national office – even if just a few sentences – via email to nhs@nhs.us. Thanks in advance for contributing to the network of concerned and involved chapters and advisers helping to spread good news about student leaders around the nation and the world.

Don’t miss additional chapter highlights posted monthly on the homepage, www.nhs.us and found in the Activities Exchange section of Leadership for Student Activities magazine. All services provided to our members by the national office staff.

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