Galion NHS participates in Adopt-a-Family

December 19, 2019

With the holidays already rolling back around, this year’s National Honor Society members have once again adopted families to get gifts for in time for Christmas.

NHS advisor, Mrs. Tena Eyster, has been in charge of NHS for the last 6 years, and each year she has headed up the “Adopt-a-Family” community service project. “Each year, I go to Community Action and they give me a few families who need extra help, and I give our kids the families’ first names and ages and what they asked for, for Christmas,” Eyster said. Each NHS member is given a $20 limit to spend on the family they shopped for.

“National Honor Society seeks to groom students to be well-rounded leaders in the future.  Real leaders, of course, have to know how to manage themselves, but they also have to know how to care about and for other people.  This project not only fosters compassion, but it also fosters teamwork and camaraderie among our members,” Mrs. Eyster said

This year there were 4 families that NHS adopted from the area. The students were divided up into 4 groups, and each group was headed up by an NHS officer: President, Anna Court; Vice President, Kacie Runyon; Secretary, Kiana Moulton; and Treasurer, Caleb Strack.

“When we were given our family, the mother just asked for stuff for her family and house cleaning supplies, and it just opens your eyes to the fact that not everyone is as fortunate as others. I really like doing this because it feels good to be able to help others out, especially around the holidays,” Vice President, Kacie Runyon said.  “We were each given a $20 limit, but I think most of us went a little over—it just feels good to help,” she added.

The others members of National Honor Society agreed that being able to help out a family in need is a great feeling, and they’re happy they get to do it.

“The members put much thought and spirit into their purchases. Many of them work, and they used their own money to bring holiday joy to the lives of others.  I am very proud of them,” Mrs. Eyster said of her students.

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