Most Recent Winners

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is proud to recognize the following recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Service Project awards.

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Mishicot Middle School

Mishicot, WI
Birthday Bags

Mishicot Middle School NJHS members toured their local food pantry, which inspired them to create “Birthday Bags” for the children of the families who take advantage of the food pantry. The NJHS members decided that each birthday bag should contain a cake, candles, frosting, decorations, a handwritten message inside of a birthday card, and a gift. The members held a dance and asked community organizations to donate money to cover the cost of the bags. The “Birthday Bags” have been a great success in the food pantry.

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Episcopal School of Knoxville

Knoxville, TN
Laundry Love Knoxville/Hot Chocolate Bar

The Episcopal School of Knoxville NJHS chapter spent the last year raising money to support Laundry Love Knoxville. Running a weekly hot chocolate bar for the student body, members raised enough money to sponsor a monthly event. Laundry Love Knoxville allows families in need to wash up to three loads of laundry. Students raised $1,200 to pay for all supplies, covering 5,200 pounds of laundry (275 loads), and feeding 117 people. Members finished by volunteering at the event helping to clean and fold laundry, make and serve meals, and take care of children. They assisted 69 families.

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Center for Creative Arts

Chattanooga, TN
Seuss on the Loose

For over fifteen years, the NJHS chapter at Center for Creative Arts has been implementing the “Seuss on the Loose” project. Teams of NJHS members travel to local elementary schools and perform a skit that is an adaption of a Dr. Seuss book and are given additional time to read to the students. The main goal of this project is to connect with local students and demonstrate artistic talent while providing community service through reading and storytelling. One former NJHS member remarked, “The opportunity to bring a story to life for these kids—but more importantly, to really connect with them—was an invaluable experience.”

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Stewartsville Middle School

Stewartsville, NJ
Grow-A-Row

Stewartsville Middle School NJHS participates in America’s Grow-A-Row, which is a volunteer program where people can help collect fruits or vegetables that Grow-A-Row then sends to local food banks, where it is distributed to the people who need it. Going into this project, the Stewartsville Middle School NJHS wanted to make a positive impact on its community, helping to feed those in need and giving members the opportunity to work together and grow as a group. By participating in Grow-A-Row’s service project, the members learned how volunteering for a few hours can make a significant impact in someone’s life. 

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Caurus Academy

Anthem, AZ
C.H.E.E.R. Week

Caurus Academy is a public charter school in Anthem, AZ. They partnered with Kurt Warner’s First Things First foundation to participate in Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal Respect (C.H.E.E.R.) Week—which strives was to encourage inclusion, kindness, sympathy, and respect between students who live with disabilities and those who do not. The entire middle level and high school were involved in this event. Many students participated by taking on a disability for a day. Others experienced this project while engaging with a student who had adopted a disability. Every student developed a deeper understanding that their peers with special needs are more than their disability.