For many years the National Honor Society (NHS) has been participating in many projects to help the EH community, and on February 26, they read to the children at Deer Run Elementary School.
National Honor Society
In EH, as well as many other schools, the NHS is a club that is made up of students that have demonstrated leadership skills in the community and above-average grades. I myself am involved in the club. At EHHS, the club is run by elected members and supervised by English teacher, Ms. Ashley Bogart and guidance counselor, Ms. Michele Madonna. Ms. Bogart says that the main goal of the Society is to “increase student service to the school and to the community.” Alina Tran, the Vice President of the Society, also mentioned her interpretation of the goals the Society as; “Add more community service into the town because there is not a lot that happens.” The NHS is designed for us to create our own community activities and fundraisers to help us become effective leaders in the future.
Deer Run Reading
I believe reading to the kids at Deer Run lets them have a fun and enjoyable time, even while learning. My group decided to read The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson because it would teach the kids to always be nice to each other and show acceptance to everyone. We each took turns reading while another member showed pictures of the story. Alina Tran’s group read Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker because it showed the kids that not everyone is perfect and they are allowed to be sad sometimes. Stephania Korenovsky, another member of NHS, had her group read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. After reading the books we connected activities to make it more enjoyable for the kids.
Deer Run Activities
To have a fun and teachable time with the kids, when talking about The Ugly Duckling, we decided that every kid would make a duck on their plate. Prior to going, we printed out and cut all of the pieces for the kids, we then had them glue the pieces on the plate, and color their duckling. To have the kids learn from the reading and understand it, we made them write kind words on the back of their plate and share it with their friends. This activity encouraged kids to think about their friends in a kind and fun way. Alina’s group had the kids create masks and wear them as if they were superheroes. Stephania’s group had the kids draw their own pigeons and color them. There have been many studies that have shown that including activities after reading does help students learn to read. According to Doctor Jack Lasky, “Playing with books, paper, and writing and drawing materials encourages literacy learning.” Not only was the Society letting the kids have fun, but we were also helping them grow through the activity.
Future for NHS
The NHS isn’t just helping out other schools in EH, we have also decided to help the homeless in New Haven and do a “midnight run.” We bought snacks and drinks and made small packs that will be given out to the homeless shelters in New Haven on Monday. As Ms. Bogart puts it, “I definitely believe we can make an impact without raising money for something.” We will be giving to those that are less fortunate and helping them get through these cold few months. The NHS isn’t just helping out other schools in EH, we have also decided to help the homeless in New Haven and do a “midnight run.” We bought snacks and drinks and made small packs that will be given out to the homeless shelters in New Haven on Monday. As Ms. Bogart puts it, “I definitely believe we can make an impact without raising money for something.” We will be giving to those that are less fortunate and helping them get through these cold few months.