National Honor Society Helps to Spread Joy This Holiday Season

NHS reaches out to local veteran’s home in effort to help during the holidays

By Heather Lally

National Honor Society members expanded their work of good deeds outside of the East Lyme High School walls by assisting in the recent Veterans Day 5K, in an effort to support the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, they continue their effort by helping out veterans of the community.

“By getting profiles of veterans and having groups of students create a care basket for that individual veteran, we’ ensure that they’ll each have something special for the holidays,” said history teacher and NHS advisor Henry Kydd.
NHS is doing its part this holiday season by not just creating a care basket but connecting with their “adopted veteran” who will receive an personalized gift. The idea was pitched to NHS members by Mr. Kydd, who agreed that this was an activity they wanted to participate in. From there, the officers developed the program, making sure to get a list of needs from the veterans. Creating the individual care baskets has begun and some students will volunteer to personally deliver their creations to their veteran they learned about. It will also be a special moment for students to interact with the veterans.
Just like the Adopt a Veteran program NHS is putting on for the holidays they continue to serve the community by helping out Care and Share by doing a food drive that residents of East Lyme can contribute to.
NHS is a club catered to academically driven students who are interested in helping with community service projects such as helping out the residents of Puerto Rico. In the beginning of the school year, NHS helped by pooling supplies from several clubs around the school such as Peers Reaching Out (PRO) and the Spanish classes.
“An entire truckload of supplies brought in the beginning of the year will go to the people of Puerto Rico,” said Mr.Kydd. With the help of students involved in clubs at ELHS, the supplies donated will not go to waste.

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