Getting back in gear

Early in the morning and after school Tuesday, Sept. 17th NHS sponsor and coordinator Ms. Dena Rulo hosted NHS’s second meeting of the year.

“My room was packed to the door with students! There must have been, at the very least, one hundred total students who attended the morning and afternoon meetings,” said Rulo.

Lined up in front of the classroom, NHS officers handed out pamphlets regarding the volunteer requirements. Among these officers was senior Taylor Stone, president of NHS.

“The meetings are a great place to find out about service projects in the community and voice your opinion about things going on in NHS,” said Stone.

NHS gauges member participation by assigning voluntary requirements based on age and measuring this participation with a point system. Much like the A+ program, NHS are requires students to complete a set amount of volunteer work. Unlike the A+ program, NHS uses a point system which awards a specific number of points for participation in voluntary work, fundraisers, and service projects. This ensures that students are active in their roles as NHS members.

NHS has an extensive list of service projects, voluntary work, and fundraisers that members can volunteer at to acquire their volunteer points. NHS also has long-time relationships with many charitable organizations that they have worked with throughout the years.

“Some voluntary work we have done in the past are Toys for Tots and Clean Stream projects. We have also worked with organizations such as the Saint Joachim and Ann food pantry and the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. I love being able to get out there and help my community with my friends,” said senior Courtney Jones.