This year’s National Junior Honor Society was a tremendous success. First of all, we had our induction ceremony back in November with fifty-six new members being inducted. All of our inductees had to pass a rigorous application process just to be considered. Each inductee had to have a 94 combined yearly average from the year before, write an essay, and have teacher recommendations to be approved into the National Honor Society. Once in, they have to put in eight hours of community service. This year’s community service hours include: Helping with “Random Acts of Kindness” for the Girl Scouts, Hilton Worldwide Mats for the Homeless, Ronald McDonald House, helped clean up debris from flood victims in MS, worked at a fall festival for church, volunteer coaching, distributed food for needy families at Lander’s Center, put on a fundraiser for Wounded Warrior project, packaged boxes for Operation Christmas Child, assisted cleaning up Conger Park for Clean Up Day, cleaning up trash at Byhalia Event Center, and even serving Cancer patients supper.
In addition to helping outside our school, students also volunteered inside our school. Several students have forfeited their daily study skills period to help tutor children. Some students help clean teacher’s rooms and decorate rooms. Furthermore, members even help the librarian shelve books, check out books, and delete books from the system. Lastly, students even help with the special community classroom.
The National Junior Honor Society had a service project this year as well. The members sold carnations and candy valentine grams. The student body had so much fun getting flowers and candy from their significant others, but the real treat was helping out others in need. The proceeds of the valentine gram fundraiser went to the Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center in Southaven, MS. Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center’s mission is to respond to child abuse with a supportive team approach that reduces trauma through advocacy, treatment, education and prevention. They do great work for our children.
In closing, the NJHS members have performed many community service hours to the public. The community service hours were volunteering hours where nothing is expected in return. The reward of community service is helping someone in need. Service is just one of our five characteristics of a NJHS member. Last thought, I hear from time to time in my life people say, “If this generation is going to run the country one day, we are going to be in trouble”. Well whoever has said this has obviously not seen the works of our NJHS members and the rest of the Lewisburg middle school student body.
Mr. Wiltshire – 7th Grade Science