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posted: Tue, Nov 29th, 2016

Service projects and leadership: NHS partners with Preschool Advantage and more

Each year the National Honor Society partners with local organizations to support the Mount Olive community. This year, in addition to working with RH Farms and Adopt-a-Family, NHS has selected the Preschool Advantage charity for their year-long fundraising commitment.

Preschool Advantage is located in Morristown and provides free preschool for students who cannot afford to pay for a high quality preschool. Their goals are to serve families in the local communities, while raising awareness and funds for the students' tuitions.

NHS Vice President, Erica Lengyel, said the Preschool Advantage charity was picked by the officers over the summer because they wanted to work with a local charity that they could volunteer at and partner with in multiple ways. Lengyel said, "We ultimately decided on Preschool Advantage because of its commitment to providing the foundations of a good education to children, a message with which all students can connect."

In order to support the children who attend school at Preschool Advantage, NHS treasurer, Nisha Jagadeesh, said the NHS goal is to "purchase and fill 100 backpacks with school supplies, such as notebooks, pencils, erasers, crayons, and other educational learning tools to donate. By doing so, we hope to better the educational opportunities for preschoolers."

NHS will be collecting new school supplies throughout this school year for the backpacks, which will be delivered to Preschool Advantage in April 2017. Students can drop off new school supply donations with Ms. Strahl in B240. Supplying the backpacks, NHS is also partnering with the National English Honor Society, which will be providing picture books in the backpacks to help students foster a love of reading from a young age.

Jagadeesh said that the NHS slogan for this year is: "Start small, think big." She stated, "The society wants to focus on our future: the children. By working with children, we believe we can create a better lifestyle for them by providing them with necessary school supplies they need to receive a good education."

Explaining the slogan in more detail Jagadeesh said, "National Honor Society is made up of hardworking and dedicated individuals who want to make a real difference in society. We believe that with the right mindset, we could help make a difference, no matter how small or large the impact, in our society."

NHS is keeping quite busy this school year with a variety of fundraisers, including their annual pickleball and badminton tournaments, RH Farms pumpkin sale, after school pizza sales, and spring flower sale.

In addition to helping out Preschool Advantage, NHS will be conducting its annual Adopt-a-Family fundraiser in December. NHS President, Richard Huisa, explained the Adopt-a-Family process: "Adopt-a-Family, sponsored by Mount Olive Township, allows groups such as NHS to ask for families that we can buy Christmas gifts for. The process is completely anonymous, and the township provides NHS with the ages of the children, as well as their likes and wishes for this holiday season."

Huisa explained that some of the fundraised money from the RH Farms and pizza sales will be used to purchase gifts for these children. The remaining donations will be purchased by MOHS faculty and staff. A small Christmas tree will be placed in the mailroom this week for staff to select gift tags for purchasing items for these families.

With more information on how to get involved with one of these NHS service projects, please see NHS advisors Ms. Strahl or Ms. Bushby or see one of the NHS officers.

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