September 27th, 2019
Rose clubs continue festive projects
FRI. | 12-17-21 | NEWS
The National Honor Society (NHS) is one of the many clubs and student organizations at Rose. Every year they do something different to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. NHS is a very prestigious organization that considers academic excellence as well as other things as an essential part of democracy. Every month they organize and participate in service projects such as blood drives, tutoring young students and raising funds for a medical research program.
For the upcoming holiday season NHS, Student Government Association (SGA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), National Spanish Honor Society (NSHS), and National Social Studies Honor Society (Rho Kappa) will be participating in Project Elf.
Project Elf is an annual toy drive that occurs every holiday season and helps give foster kids a chance to receive the holiday experience of opening gifts. The program was established in 2000 by a group of people in Massachusetts looking to give back to the community and is recognized as a tax exempt organization.
NHS and many other clubs at Rose will be working together this Christmas to spread the holiday spirit. Project Elf did not take part last year because of the pandemic, so the clubs are ready to partake in the challenge.
Project Elf starts in early Nov. and gift collection ends in the beginning of Dec. Officers
Photo contributed by Britton Seymour
from each of the clubs will be sending out sign up sheets for members of the clubs and honor society members to sign up for. They will also raise money which they usually get from local businesses, schools, churches and organizations. Then what they received will be used to purchase more gifts for the estimated 50 kids. The officers will also sign up to bring in gifts for the foster kids as well.
“We get foster kids, 50 kids total in the school, so we divide them up per group and whoever has the most members gets the most people,” NHS secretary A'myah Dozier said.
Dozier is one of the many officers in charge of Project Elf. Project Elf started at Rose with a Rose alumna.
“Emily Schmidt started [the program] with her family, then she brought it to us and we’ve just done it every single year since then,” Dozier said.
NHS and the other clubs collect the kids' wish list items by sending out a survey. The survey asks them what they want for Christmas.
“We sent out this long spreadsheet with all the kids’ information, their sizes, their favorite colors, their names. And we sent on the line hey guys make sure you sign up for this project it’s great we all love doing it,” said Dozier.
After the survey was filled out NHS, and other participating clubs and organizations turned it in early December and then had the wrapping party. The clubs have made significant progress, having gotten many presents for the 50 kids who signed up.