ORWELL — The Grand Valley branch of the National Honor Society has taken an active approach on volunteering in the community this year. The students in the National Honor Society have spent a majority of the fall season planning and organizing for a Red Cross-sponsored blood drive that was held at the high school. The National Honor Society was founded upon the basis of five pillars: leadership, scholarship, citizenship, character and service. To honor the pillar of service, Grand Valley High School National Honor Society members organize a variety of service projects that benefit the community. The students do a major project in the fall, as well as one in the spring. The fall service project was decided to be a blood drive held at the high school. The blood drive was open to all eligible students, teachers and community members that were willing to donate their blood to the Red Cross.
The members of NHS set to work on the blood drive early in September. They had various tasks to complete before the blood drive could take place. The National Honor Society adviser, Carrie Brumit, devoted a large amount of her time to coordinating with workers and volunteers of the Red Cross. The members of NHS also set a goal of collecting at least 35 of blood for the Red Cross.
The students spent many hours after school planning, making advertisement signs and making decorations for the blood drive. The NHS members decided that they wanted a theme to go with the blood drive. They chose a Halloween theme. All of their advertising posters had vampires on them and read “We Want Your Blood!” They also bought and made many decorations to go with their theme, and decided to all dress as vampires as well! It was hard work, but they found the endeavor to be worthwhile in the end.