NHS members rake leaves for local residents

by Cassie Kotrch, News

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On Sunday, November 12, National Honor Society students of Spring Lake High School gathered in the high school commons at 12:45 p.m.

This is a yearly event where students have a chance to volunteer towards helping seniors around the community rake their yards.

This year, many students came to support and attend. They brought their own rakes and tarps to help, and students were split up into groups to each tackle a house or two.

The event took up to two hours, with some larger groups finishing sooner than others. The number of people in each group ranged from 6-12 students; no house in need was missed!

National Honor Society, or NHS, is all about building character and getting involved in the community. All year long students in NHS are even required to do certain volunteer activities.

They also raise money for their adopted charity, which changes every year, throughout the school year.

On Sunday, October 29, NHS students raised money through Trick or Treating for donations to their adopted charity.

This year their charity is Kids’ Food Basket.

Leaf Raking, however, is geared towards connecting more with the community and helping out those in need around us.

Students in National Honor Society appreciate the opportunity to volunteer through the school and get into their community.

One high school student who participated, junior Jencen Sabo said, “One of the men we raked for was so kind and thankful, and set out hot cider and donuts for us.” Jencen added, “It taught me the importance of helping those around me, and that what may not be a big deal to me could mean a great deal to someone else.”

Mrs. Henry also commented on the event. When asked why the leaf raking activity is practiced every year, Mrs. Henry mentioned the many area residents that continue to ask for the assistance every year and how it helps bring joy and gratitude to so many in the community.

The tradition of raking leaves for the community is an old one, originating long before Mrs. Henry’s time in National Honor Society, but still continues today.

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