Where has the time gone? This year has flown by and the NJHS members have been busy.
We began the year with our Bully Prevention Training. All new members learned techniques to stand up to bullies and some ideas on how to intervene when they witness a bullying situation. This was followed later in the year with the National Mix-It-UP at Lunch event… which encourages students to learn more about each other to help prevent bullying.
Students have been busy with volunteer work. We volunteered once again to help out at the Bike MS Ozark Ride. This is always a fun event. Many of our members volunteered with the annual Shelby’s Run to raise money for St. Jude. Students are volunteering to help out at the Fun Walk to raise funds for Simply Love. - This event is on May 11th, we’d love to see you there. - Students will also be volunteering at the Spring Fling, which has just been rescheduled for May 17th.
The students have organized a few events of their own as well. We held a “Fill the bus” Supply drive. We held our 3rd annual Christmas Door Decorating Contest… the doors looked amazing. I didn’t know the ducks could pull a sleigh, or that Santa was a cast member on Duck Dynasty. On March 14, we held a PI Day Assembly where students competed in a Pi Obstacle course and won the opportunity to Pie and administrator. I was amazed at how much pie Jessica was able to rub into Mr. Fenske’s face. Mr. Fenske, Mr. Parker, and Mrs. King were all liking the lips, chins, cheeks… I think there was even some pie in their hair. Currently the members are working feverishly to prepare for a visit into the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes for some MAP Motivation. We are excited to visit the classrooms to inspire our fellow blue jays.
Can you believe there are more events to share? The members adopted a family during the KTTS Christmas Crusade – We were able to donate many hygiene its to help the cause as well as providing some stylish, brand new clothes for the family. A few of the members volunteered to go shopping with me for the clothing and gifts. It was a very memorable trip.
The students aren’t working all the time. We found time to play miniature golf and ride go-carts. We went to a play sponsored by Springfield Little Theater. And held our 3rd annual Christmas Lock-In. The students exchanged gifts, a few learned how to play Spoons, and competed in wacky obstacle courses at 1:00 in the morning.
Our induction ceremony saw the largest group of new members yet with 25 new inductees (more than our current membership). The faculty was proud to have so many outstanding young people to recognize with the honor of membership. I can’t wait to see the ideas, energy, and elbow grease these students will put to use in the future.
Sarah Moulder (adviser)