Sponsor Kristin Ruschhaupt said the group met to discuss final community service projects. Member Sara Casas told the members that she had spoken to Patty Alexander from the Barnhart library and that they were in need of blocks for their summer program.
She went on to explain that the Accelerated Reader summer reading program brings in many school-aged children to read to earn points. Those children come with younger siblings who need something to do, so the library has made a special corner so they have something fun to do.
This is where the blocks come in. They are fun and can be sanitized easily. They do not have to be new; NJHS members could collect blocks from their own homes.
President Josh Salazar asked the members if they were interested, and they all voted yes. In another service area, club member Angelika Benavidez asked the members if they would be interested in collecting money to send as aide to the children of Japan. Benavidez told the members, “With all the natural destructions, I believe they could use whatever help we can offer their people.” Members eagerly all voted yes.
Ruschhaupt said, “NJHS is here to build bridges in all directions to help in our community and in this instance to a faraway place that has been hit very, very hard. Our members are the type of students who are athletes, members of Student Council, band, choir, FACS and all the other clubs here in our school.
“They also are the academic leaders of our school and they find time to raise money for causes they believe are important to them. This has been a very busy year for all the members and, I believe, a very productive year for the club.”
The ceremony inducting the new NJHS members for next year was held Monday, April 18, in the MMS cafeteria.
If you are interested in donating to NHJS service projects, contact Ms. Ruschhaupt at MMS, 358-6262.