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EHS Students Embark On Community Service Project

By Staff | Dec 7, 2017

SERVICE?PROJECT - Members of the Lois Pollard Chapter of the National Honor Society at Emmetsburg High School are currently engaged in a service project to collect items for Care Packages for area residents undergoing chemotherapy. NHS?members Kristen Kassel, Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson and Parker Traub, from left to right, hold some of the blankets and other donations given to the project so far. -- Dan Voigt photo


The word in itself is harsh, disturbing and most importantly, a word no one wants to hear in a conversation with a physician.

Unfortunately, cancer has touched the lives of everyone in our community at one point or another – either in the form of a friend or acquaintance who has battled the disease, or a family member who has or is battling, or sadly, lost that fight with the insidious disease.

Even though the disease is so prevalent in our society, one might think that young people don’t think about it regularly. But for students in the Emmetsburg Community School District, the disease is no stranger. There are staffers who have battled the disease, students and parents and family members of students who know all too well how the disease affects its victims.

Late this Fall, members of the Lois Pollard Chapter of the National Honor Society were meeting to discuss a service project for the membership.

With one of the tenents of membership in the National Honor Society being service, NHS?Advisor Jill Schany found a possible idea.

“I heard about some organizations that were putting together kits to give to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and thought that might be a worthwhile project,”?Schany explained. “The students agreed it would be a great project and they are working hard on it.”

The kits will contain items that a patient can use while undergoing the lengthy chemotherapy treatments, such as a blanket, lotion, tissues, thank you cards and various other items to help pass the time of the treatments. The kits, when assembled, will be donated tot he Abben Cancer Center at Spencer Municipal Hospital.

In order to prepare the kits and get them to the Abben Cancer Center prior to the holidays, the National Honor Society members will be collecting donations from high school students Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7-8. It is asked that donations be new-package items.

The donations are not being limited to just Emmetsburg High School students; the public is being invited to join in this most worthwhile effort to help friends and neighbors who find themselves in one of the toughest times of their lives, especially during the holiday season.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the service project may bring their donation to the Emmetsburg High School Office on Thursday or Friday.

Those wishing to donate or wanting more information may also contact NHS?Advisor Jill Schany at the High School at 712-852-2966, or by contacting any of the National Honor Society chapter officers: Kristen Kassel, Emma Anderson, Mary Nelson or Parker Traub.

Past service projects of the EHS?National Honor Society have included fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis, Holiday packages to deployed armed forces members and last year, support of the Puppy Jake program, which trains puppies to become service dogs for military veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.