The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is proud to recognize the following recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Service Project awards.
Isaac Sowers NJHS & Rise Against Hunger Service Project
Isaac Sowers Middle School
In response to recent disasters caused by hurricanes, the National Junior Honor Society at Isaac Sowers Middle School joined with Rise Against Hunger to make a difference. This amazing group of NJHS members, although far removed from the devastation left behind by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, recognized the need and opportunity to help others that were suffering because of natural disasters. They organized and promoted a fundraising campaign, raising $3,000. NJHS members, students, staff, and community members then volunteered their time to package over 10,000 nutritious meals to be sent to those suffering from hunger.
Time for Food
Lakeview Middle School
Seventh graders from Lakeview Middle School in Battle Creek, MI, developed a three-part project for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, which serves eight counties and 190,000 people. “Time for Food,” centered on meals and snacks in a typical day. Each day represented a meal, such as breakfast, and corresponding dress-up day, like Pajama Day. They held a donation-based community-wide “’Wonder’ful Family Movie Event,” with a viewing of the movie “Wonder,” where they sold concessions. Finally, they held a Miracle Minute collection at a track meet. They collected 1,067 pounds of food and $700. At Food Bank Friday, they sorted 1,500 pounds of frozen food and relabeled 4,000 items for distribution.
Duffels of Love
California Connections Academy
California Connections Academy NJHS members raised $1,750 to provide 70 duffel bags—each filled with a teddy bear, blanket, hygiene kit, crayons, coloring book, and an encouraging letter—to donate to the children in the CASA of Orange County child welfare program with the collaborative support from Together We Rise. The NJHS members created flyers that were handed out door to door, posted in community spaces, and forwarded to friends and family, in addition to hosting events for the school’s families to work together to decorate and fill the duffel bags in an effort to foster gratitude and quality family time.
Support for Pediatric Burn Center
Two years ago, Middle School Krissy Johnson’s son, Preston, was burned and had to receive treatment at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. After realizing how much a donated stuffed animal meant to Preston while at the hospital, Hammond’s National Junior Honor Society held a tie-dye t-shirt fundraiser to purchase stuffed animals for other patients at the hospital. After a successful fundraiser, students approached Ty Inc. and asked for a discount on their products. Instead, the corporation donated plush toys, allowing the students to give the money to the Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation. Students traveled to Augusta to present the stuffed animals in the hopes of helping young patients there.
Thanksgiving Animal Food & Supplies Drive Post Hurricane Harvey
James Bowie Middle School
The 2017–18 James Bowie Middle School NJHS members took action to “see a need, fill a need” after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey along their area of the Gulf Coast of Texas. NJHS members noticed a rise in stray and homeless animals in the area from the effects of flooding. The local Sugar Land Animal Shelter was overrun with dogs and cats. NJHS students chose to hold a food and supplies drive to help alleviate the shortage of items needed to take care of these animals until a home is found. They set a goal of donating 500 canned and dry dog and cat items along with 20 used blankets and 20 towels. After a full week of collecting food, NJHS collected 923 cans of wet food and 204 bags of dry food for dogs and cats. They also collected 23 blankets and 29 towels to donate to the shelter. After delivering donations, many members remained at the shelter to organize the food and assist with the animals. This animal food drive project not only pushed for a positive social change in the community about the importance of taking care of pets, but it also taught students how crucial it is to help each other and the community in a crisis or disaster.