BY: Kylee McDonald, Sophia Lopez, and Marissa Mitchell
One of the many honor societies at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (STA), the National English Honor Society (NEHS), takes part in many fundraisers and events throughout the year. Every month members bake and sell delicious “Bookworm Brownies” and then donate the proceeds to schools in need. One of the biggest fundraisers that NEHS holds is a book drive. Earlier this year, NEHS donated books to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (OLQM) and Riverland Elementary.
At the request of NEHS, literature teachers asked their students to bring in old, gently used books to add to the collection. At the end of the drive, dozens of boxes of books were ready to be delivered to OLQM and Riverland. Hundreds of books were donated, and the schools were beyond grateful. OLQM fifth-grade teacher Mrs. McDonald said, “For the past two years, STA’s National English Honor Society has always thought of our school during their book drive. The children can’t help but smile when they see all the new books they have to choose from.” Many NEHS members helped with the delivery process. Senior Cameron Thiel brought a truck in which to stack all the heavy boxes and with the help of fellow seniors, Samantha Lawson, Brian Arkin, and Emily McGuinness, delivered the boxes to the OLQM library. Waiting inside the library, several OLQM students greeted the Raiders and gushed over the fantastic books before they even unloaded the boxes.
The NEHS Book Club meets every Wednesday to discuss their recent reads. NEHS President Samantha Lawson says, “The NEHS aims to help the schools in our community and encourage students to take interest in literature and other forms of writing.”
Starting March 13, NEHS members are selling goodybags commemorating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The funds raised through “Seuss Week” will go to the same local elementary schools to help enhance the technologies in their libraries. As Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” NEHS really takes this saying to heart.