The Hull High School chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) deserves honors for having discovered a multitude of ways to serve the community during the coronavirus pandemic, say the school’s principal and the district’s superintendent.
From reading books to elementary students via video, to creating handmade cards to distribute to health care workers, to putting together sports kits for children unable to purchase equipment themselves, NHS members have stepped up to help their younger counterparts and those on the front lines in the fight against the virus.
“I could not be more proud of our National Honor Society students,” HHS Principal Nicole Nosek says. “Their commitment to community service is a trait that we value at our school, and these students are embodying it despite the challenges of the pandemic. We’re very grateful for their hard work and dedication.”
The students have been working with Jacobs Elementary School Principal Christine Cappadona to start a reading project for elementary students. NHS students videotape themselves reading a different children’s book each week, as chosen by the elementary students. The teachers at the Jacobs school then have the option to show the video to their students during lunch. NHS students are currently creating videos for the fourth week in a row.
Health care workers have had an especially difficult time this year, so the NHS members found a way to show their appreciation for the hard work of those battling COVID-19 on the front lines. This year they created cards for the workers to help raise their spirits during the holiday season. A total of 350 cards have been collected so far this year.
NHS students have also partnered with Good Sports, a nonprofit organization that helps children in need receive sports equipment. Groups of students have worked with Good Sports and Dick’s Sporting Goods to help them achieve their mission of making 10,000 sport kits for the holidays. The kits will be distributed to children in town who are in need of the equipment.
“All of the efforts of our NHS students have made quite an impact in our community,” says School Superintendent Judith Kuehn. “We are lucky to have such hard-working students in our district who are helping both students in our district and members of the general Hull community, especially during this time when helping others is so very important. I am excited to see what they do next.”