The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 13, 2014

Conneaut National Honor Society organizes projects to serve other students, community

For the Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — With the winter blues finally starting to fade, Conneaut High School’s National Honor Society has presented the students with an event to show off their charitable side. Conneaut’s NHS began a winter clothes drive Jan. 21, and the NHS chapter successfully collected dozens of articles of clothing from the previous two and a half weeks.

The NHS sponsored donation drive was set into motion by giving each classroom a donation box. Students from every grade participated by bringing in vast quantities of winter clothing ranging from hats, scarves, and gloves to the everyday winter wear including pants, long-sleeved shirts, jackets and coats meant for all age groups. Additionally, it was a great opportunity for the students to get a head-start on their quickly approaching spring cleaning and participate in a good cause while doing so.

The main recipients selected for the donations were the other schools in the school district: Lakeshore Primary, Gateway Elementary and Conneaut Middle School, and any remaining clothes will be donated to either the Goodwill Foundation or the Salvation Army.

“One of the main goals of National Honor Society is to participate in all realms of the community. There’s nothing more satisfying than helping those who are less fortunate,” said Emily Wacker, NHS third-year adviser. “This is a characteristic that the members of NHS exemplify.” Overall, the drive was a success and school-wide participation took the event to an entirely new level. The drive ended Feb. 6, and the final tally will be announced to the school sometime this week.

Along with the winter clothes drive, Conneaut’s NHS also began sponsoring a new event: Homework Heroes. The before and after school homework help sessions were developed so that students experiencing the mid-year lag could receive the help they need to overcome their struggles.

All NHS members opted to help struggling students during their free-time before and after school in the CHS library. Students who needed any extra aid in their core classes such as science, English or math, had the opportunity to sign up for a short session to help conquer any issues they had.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have the chance to help struggling students improve their grades and help them to better succeed in school,” said Ryan Oatman, a senior NHS member.

The Homework Heroes plan to continue helping any struggling student throughout the rest of the school year as long as students need some tutoring help.

As NHS works to help students within the high school and across the school district, the other students within CHS are working on their Spartan spirit. The school hosted its annual Buddy Day assembly on Feb. 7. Each participant, including staff members and students, is auctioned off in a traditional auction style and the highest bidder wins the ability to dress up his or her “buddy” on Feb. 13. Bidding for each person or group starts at $5, and the proceeds of the event will go to the sophomore class.

To help boost Spartan spirit even more, the CHS administration gave the students the opportunity to show off their artistic side. Classes were given the challenge to have the best decorated door in the school, and the office administration will be the judges of the contest. Doors will be judged based on effort, creativity, and how much the door is related to the “Spartan Spirit” theme. Some doors were decorated with a drawing of Leonidas the Spartan himself or with creative quotes that will rouse their school pride. The winning class will receive a doughnut party in recognition of their creation. The contest ended Feb. 6, and the winners will be announced this week.