NHS to top 6,000 volunteer hours in 2012-13
In addition to maintaining an ‘A’ average, the Frenship High School chapter of National Honor Society requires members to complete 30 hours of volunteer service annually.
NHS sponsor Altah Swindle said she expects the 211 members to complete at least 6,300 volunteer hours this year alone.
“But we have some kids that have over 100 (volunteer hours) already,” Swindle said. “Anything we throw out there, we’ll have 150 of them show up.”
Already this year, students volunteered at the Wolfforth Harvest Festival and in the National Make a Difference Day in October. Students cleaned up parks and alleys. They painted. They cleaned up yards for three Wolfforth families. They helped clean the Mission Lubbock building and restock merchandise and sold ornaments and took donations for the Hospice of Lubbock booth in the South Plains Mall.
Honor Society members are also responsible for running the Fish Camp for incoming freshmen in August and taking transfer students on tours of the campus.
Later this school year, the students will raise money for the University Medical Center Children’s Miracle Network, volunteer with the Special Olympics and take part in a bowling tournament with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Inc.
Taylor Phillips, a junior who is the chair of the UMC committee this year, said her group has decorated the children’s center for Halloween and Thanksgiving, and wrapped presents donated to UMC for children.
Taylor said she believes it is important to be involved in the community, but she wasn’t sure how to get involved until she was inducted in NHS.
“It’s easier to be involved with NHS,” she said.
Bekah Bittle, a senior who is the project chairman for NHS, said she would probably still volunteer if she weren’t in the organization, “But I wouldn’t do as much as I have,” she said. Bekah estimated that she could have 200 volunteer hours by the time she graduates, well in excess of the minimum requirement. “I feel like we have all had more opportunity to do better.”
Bekah said she hopes NHS helps inspire other students and groups at FHS to volunteer.
“NHS sets the bar,” Bekah said.
Another NHS officer, Jessica Baker, agreed, saying that at least one student took an Angel Tree assignment for Christmas because he heard NHS members were doing it and wanted to be involved.
Jessica said having friends available to help go into a place to volunteer helps.
“When you go into an organization and you’re all by yourself, it can be a little terrifying,” Jessica said.
Victoria Rasura said volunteering is a responsibility that brings maturity.
“People start treating us like adults,” Victoria said.
Jessica said being in NHS allows students to take on leadership roles, but it also provides a way for students to interact and volunteer who might otherwise be focused solely on their grades.
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