Service Projects

Quarter 4, 2017 — Upcoming club service opportunities:

  • Friday, March 10:  College Awareness Day – 2 volunteers needed 7:30 –  8:00 a.m. to collect $2 from students/teachers wearing college tops. All proceeds go to our Backpack Buddies project.  (Update: So many wanted to do this again that we were allowed to do another College Awareness Day on April 1, the last day of the NCAA tournament!)
  • Wednesday, March 22:  Adopt-a-Highway pickup –  we need to clean up in front of our school before the Art Festival visitors come in on Friday!
  • Monday – Friday, March 20-24: Book Fair in the library.  Mrs. Burton needs 2-3 assistants each day after school until 4:30 p.m. to help her with the book fair. Thursday is Family Night and the book fair will be open until 7:00 p.m. The sign-up sheet is on the hall bulletin board next to the service hours reports.
  • Friday, March 24: Help with Art Festival at our school. Mrs. Newbern will need assistants to run errands for judges, help with the lower school students, act as greeters, work at the registration desk, etc. NHS members help in 1-period shifts (sign-up sheet is in the hall on the bulletin board).  One person can sign up for an extra service hour by taking on the task of acting as a coordinator between NHS and Mrs. Newbern. You can pick up the instruction sheet from Mrs. Choplin and she can help you with the checklist.
  • Saturday, April 8:  Miracle League in Franklin County (at Long Mill Elementary School field near intersection of 96 Hwy and #1 at Youngsville) – we play baseball with children who have disabilities for 3-4 hours.
  • Monday, April 24: Work at the 220 Seafood Restaurant as servers for their homeless shelter fish plate fundraiser from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. If you can’t work, you can see Mrs. Choplin about selling tickets to earn some time.
  • Wednesday-Thursday, April 26 & 27: St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research. Our volunteers will collect donations in morning and afternoon carpool lines for two days. (Update: We collected $1,133.89 and made our online donation on May 1 in Brodie Curtis’ honor!)
  • Wednesday, May 10: Adopt-a-Highway pickup before graduation! We meet immediately after school in the computer lab to get vests, bags, and gloves and work on our road until about 4:15-4:30.
  • Thursday, May 25:  Mrs. Katherine Anderson, our K3 teacher and summer camp director, needs help with her summer camps Open House on May 25. It starts at 6:30 p.m., but there will be set-up work, too. Mrs. Anderson can give you the details. This event can count as your individual hours since it is technically outside our school year. Our last day of school is May 24.

Backpack Buddies (started 2013 – 2014; ongoing)

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For the 2013-14 school year, the NHS decided to take on the challenge of Backpack Buddies, a program in which private individuals or organizations provide food items in a pack for Vance County school children to take home with them on weekends.  It was discovered that many of these children’s only source of healthy, consistent meals was through their school, and when they weren’t at school, they didn’t always have access to nutritional food. It’s a sad reality, but Backpack Buddies is trying to help by recruiting volunteers to send home packs on the weekends and school breaks.  Our club began in 2013 by sponsoring 10 children in our area and are currently sponsoring 12 children each week. Thus far, we have been able to provide food for these children solely with donations from our school body–no corporate or outside organizations. It’s an amazing testimony of what a body of believers can do! 

Each backpack is packed with two of all the following:  canned or packaged vegetables, canned or packaged fruits, canned or packaged meat or meat stews, packaged noodles; 100% fruit juices; shelf-stable milk, healthy snacks, breakfast items.

See the 1st letter that was sent out to our student body. | Examples of items to go in backpacks

Adopt-a-HighwayJan 2016- Adopt-a-Highway Pickup

NHS continued its service with AAH as it evolved from the National Beta Club. Pick-up dates are schedule four times a year, usually after school on a Wednesday.

Pictured 2016: Tyler O’Steen, Conner Bryant, Griffin Martin
Sixteen members of the National Honor Society picked up trash on Wednesday, January 13. Two previous pick-up dates were rained out, so this pick-up was long overdue. These members collected 20 bags of trash from our road in just under 45 minutes! We pick up from Julia Road to the stop light, although the DOT posted our signs out a bit further than that. After our pick-up, some of the volunteers stopped in the office for some hot chocolate and cookies and to share horror stories of some of the items we picked up!

Miracle League of Raleigh or Franklin County

In 2004, after watching a television program about the national Miracle League, local businessmen Robin Rose and Tony Withers were inspired to establish the Miracle League of the Triangle. The goal was simple–provide children with special needs the opportunity to play America’s favorite pastime.  The CCS chapter of the National Honor Society has voted to support this program with a fall service date.

NHS Group at Miracle League

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 – noon
Assist Franklin County Miracle League participants as they play baseball at Long Mill Elementary School near Youngsville.

Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Assist Miracle League of the Triangle participants as they play baseball (ML “buddies”) at Wakefield field.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 —- was a success! 19 volunteers
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Assist Miracle League participants as they play baseball at the Wakefield field.

Saturday, November 7, 2015  —- rained out!
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Assist Miracle League participants with the games at the celebration carnival that ends their baseball season.

Miracle League of Raleigh website:  http://miracleleagueofthetriangle.com
Miracle League of Franklin County website: http://www.miracleleagueoffranklincounty.com/ 

Men’s Homeless Shelter

Our NHS chapter supports the Men’s Homeless Shelter in Henderson through occasional meals, toiletry collections, and the 220 Seafood Restaurant fundraiser.  On April 14, 2014, 8 of us worked at the restaurant serving & bussing tables for the annual fundraiser.

Our group has served each spring with the 220 Seafood Restaurant fish plate fundraiser since 2014. Proceeds go to help with the homeless shelter and Hope House in Henderson.  This year, we are scheduled to help on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 3:45 – 7:00 p.m.

Flashback to 2013-14 Year

Special Olympics – March 15, 2014

The chapter voted to volunteer at the Special Olympics of North Carolina 5 x 5 Basketball Tournament in Kenly, NC on March 15, 2014. It was a long day, starting with travel at 7:30 a.m. and arriving there about 9:00 a.m. The competition ended about 5:00 p.m. and then we enjoyed a meal at the Kenly 95 truck stop in Kenly before heading home.  Our volunteers enjoyed working in various jobs as court assistants, scorekeepers, announcers, athlete escorts, awards organizers, lunch helpers, and more!
Check out our photos on Crossroads’ Facebook page…

Bell-Ringers for Salvation ArmyDecember 18:  Salvation Army Distribution

The NHS will go to the distribution center on Wednesday, December 18 to help distribute the food and toys to families who come to the center. Ms. Choplin will oversee this event.

December 11:  Ring the Bell for Salvation Army

Mr. Capps and Ms. Choplin chaperoned shifts of NHS members to ring the bell for Salvation Army kettle donations on Wednesday, December 11, outside the Walgreen’s in Henderson at Dabney Drive.

December 5: Operation Christmas Child

NHS group in First GradeDuring 2nd period on Wednesday, December 5, NHS members helped the first grade class assemble their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child after the first graders returned from their annual shopping trip to the Dollar Tree in Henderson.

 NC State Concessions

On Nov. 30, 2013, NHS members helped staff the school’s concessions stand at North Carolina State University football stadium.  Proceeds from the stand help our Booster Club provide for the school’s athletic program. The NHS members chose to help with the Saturday after Thanksgiving because it’s one of the hardest ones to find volunteers.

Quarterly: Adopt-a-Highway Pickup

Members of the NHS pick up trash for one hour after school on 4 times a year, covering from the stop light at the new road up to Julia Drive.

Spring:  American Red Cross Blood Drive

Usually in March: TBD

Spring: ACSI Art Festival

Our club assists Mrs. Newbern with hosting the ACSI Art Festival each spring.  Service tasks include assisting the visiting schools’ participants and the visiting judges, running errands for  the visiting artists and help them with students, and greeting and guiding our visitors as they arrive.

Spring: Special Olympics in North Carolina

On March 15, 2014, our NHS club will help with the 5 on 5 basketball competition as part of the Special Olympics in Kenly. Volunteers will go all day to help  as scorekeepers, clock operators, court assistants, lunch servers, etc.