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Bak NJHS starts off year with new sponsor, new members

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Bak’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) started off the year with new students and a new sponsor.

“I like the idea of bringing the civics curriculum into the real world, like how to be a good citizen,” Bonnie McCarthy, social studies teacher and new NJHS sponsor, said.

According to NJHS.us, the program was established in 1929, after the creation of National Honor Society, a program for high school students, in 1921.

“[Bak NJHS] gave us this great opportunity to help out,” Emma Shukla, eighth grade communications major, said. “They are a group of people who are dedicated to helping others.”

NJHS had their first event on Sept. 17, 2017 at an event for Habitat for Humanity. The students, workers, and parent volunteers painted the interior of a house donated to Habitat for Humanity.

“I knew that it was going to be someone’s home,” Shukla said, “and being a part of helping someone have a home was the least I could do.”

According to habitat.org, Habitat for Humanity consisted of people willing to turn an old home or some land into someone else’s home. The organization’s goal was to help people in need to become a homeowner.

“Habitat for Humanity means that people are looking out for each other and people are trying to build homes for people in need,” Kamryn Bailey, eighth grade communications major said, “and the fact that they [Habitat for Humanity workers] do that for living is great.”

McCarthy said that she became the new sponsor because she wanted her past students to, “utilize their knowledge to help others.”

“Every year, I teach my students everything I know. I don’t see them anymore and I want to see what they remember and how they use it,” McCarthy said. “We have very knowledgeable students in NJHS, but if you don’t put that knowledge to good use, it’s a waste.”

McCarthy and NJHS members were trying to find a way to showcase what the club does, how it affected the community, and how many hours the members do to help encourage others.

“I think that [a leaderboard] is a great idea because one thing about Bak is that we are competitive and strive to be the best,” Bailey said, “so we could make it competition and encourage more kids to show up.”

Bailey said that “all of the volunteers that showed up to help are great because they took time out of their lives to help the community.”

Bailey said, “We are NJHS and we are a society that wants to change the world.”

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