NHS Helping Others During The Holiday Season


Mrs. Stallings

During the celebration of life held for Mrs. Sherwin, Christmas ornaments were collected in her memory from people in attendance.

Hannah Klimek, Staff Writer

The National Honor Society strives to help others as much as they possibly can. This group of exceptional high schoolers prides themselves not only on their academics, but on their thoughtful service acts as well. 

A celebration of life was held on December 3 for the late Terri Sherwin, a beloved secretary at the Latrobe High School. Fellow staff members and students gathered to celebrate her wonderful life and to reminisce on all of the moments shared with  her. Members of The National Honor Society were in attendance and were not only partaking in the ceremony, but helping out as well. 

Riley DeMichele, a member of NHS in attendance said, “We welcomed everyone in and handed out candles along with a program of the ceremony.” DeMichele also mentioned that the NHS members handed out bird seed. She explained, “Mrs. Sherwin loved cardinals, so we gave out bird seed in honor of her love for them.” In fact, it is said that if you spot a cardinal it is a sign that a loved one who has passed is thinking of and watching over you. Therefore, this gesture was the perfect addition to the evening.

Not only did these students help with this very important event, but The National Honor Society also planned to participate in Wildcat Wonderland this year. 

Wildcat Wonderland is a service project that includes members of the National Honor Society volunteering to work an event and decorate the high school so that families can drive by to admire the bright Christmas lights and other decorations.

The National Honor Society prepared to charge for admissions, but not in the way that any other event asking for donations would. NHS was asking for you to bring a toy as your admission into the event. This toy along with all toys collected throughout the night would then be donated to Toys for Tots. These toys donated to this charity are given to children who may not be as fortunate as others during this time of year, so every donation is greatly appreciated. 

Unfortunately while participating in this event was the plan, it was cancelled due to the coronavirus. However, this hasn’t discouraged the society from helping in other ways. This group of dedicated students will be looking for every way possible to assist others in need during these unprecedented times.