This year the St. John’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), decided to help collect gently used sports equipment to donate to KidWorks. Kidworks is a non-profit organization which helps children in Santa Ana, by providing academic enrichment, leadership and character development.
The service project committee this year was comprised of four members: Chanel Soler, Chanel Kruse, Sydney Byrnes, and Ella Horwich. This committee organized collection of the equipment, coordinating dates with Dr. Hollatz, making announcements for Chapel and Slices, and assigning NJHS members to teachers in each grade from kindergarten through 8th grade.
The donation got off to a slow start, but quickly gained momentum. In the end it can be seen how generously St. John’s students donated. The winning class, 8th grade, received a free dress day. They collected almost two hundred pieces of equipment. It was a job well done, both by the students and the NJHS members!
The St. John’s chapter of
the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) has been busy. Each year our members complete two all-member
service projects: one in the fall and one in the spring. The first project this
year was wholly member designed and executed.
Mrs. Kruse and I (Sr. Stone) feel strongly that the value in this
project comes from members hands on learning in the process. We step in and guide but let them do the work
and learn what goes into creating and carrying out a service project.
The process begins with a
brainstorming meeting. Here members give
ideas for possible projects. Committees
are formed and these members then go out and gather information. At the next meeting, each committee presents
their findings. All but the most
feasible projects are eliminated, a vote is taken, and then organization
This year our members
chose to collect money for victims of hurricanes Florence and Michael in two
ways: a donation competition between grade levels and an Otter Pop sale. The Otter Pop sale was wholly member
organized (where? how much? Who? when?).
It was a successful way to launch the donation cycle. In the end they
raised over $100 in just one day. For the donation cycle, members chose
homerooms to visit to remind students to donate, update them on amounts of
money collected and to collect money which had been placed in their room’s
donation bag. The prize was a free-dress
The result of their hard
work over the 4-week period was impressive.
They set a goal of $1500, an ambitious number considering they were
competing with several other donation drives and had only 4 weeks for
collecting. In the end they raised $1570.
For Mrs. Kruse and me it
is a great pleasure to guide the students through this process and watch them use
their individual gifts to find creative solutions to problems which come
up. They develop valuable skills for
organization, as well as learn to approach and deal with the adults
involved. Our hats go off to this
exceptional group of students!