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HS National Honor Society Shows Love to Nursing Home Residents

Students with bags It has been a challenge for National Honor Society (NHS) adviser Tammy Stawisuck to help NHS students complete their community service hours this year.  “With the pandemic, it limits the things we usually do as far as our worthy endeavors,” she says.  “We have tried to be creative as we can with doing things online and from home.  So far this year we have raised money for breast cancer awareness with the Go Pink campaign, sent letters to our hometown heroes who are working as nurses on COVID hospital floors and committed random acts of kindness like leaving decorated pumpkins on people’s porches.  We have been striving to do something that is meaningful for the students and would lift their spirits as well.  It has been a hard school year.”

The students’ recent endeavor has been to show residents of Bishop Gibbons a little love on Valentine’s Day.  Drake Elementary School Principal Janet Matyevich suggested the idea when her school’s foster grandmother, Peggy, mentioned how the residents aren’t allowed any visitors and how hard the holidays have been on them.  Mrs. Stawisuck said her students were enthusiastic about adopting 40 residents and making them goody bags.  “Each student got a name and made the resident a card and filled a bag with little gifts.  It was such a nice project because not only did the students get service hours, they really brightened somebody’s day and felt inspired by the project.”

Mrs. Matyevich picked up the beautifully decorated bags and delivered them to the senior housing.  “The bags were lovely and I was so proud of the High School kids and the effort they put in to make it special,” she says.  “I actually got quite emotional of the residents’ reactions.  They are really locked down and can’t even be allowed to congregate or play cards and they were so appreciative of receiving these gifts.  I wish the students could have been there to see how tickled they were and the smiles they brought to their faces.”

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