North Branch NHS at work in community

(L-r) Nicole Ferreira and Alyssa Rupp display some of the Christmas lights NHS collected and recycled. Photo supplied

Nicole Ferreira (left) and Alyssa Rupp display some of the Christmas lights NHS collected and recycled. Photo supplied

The North Branch National Honor Society has been working on a number of projects lately.

In October, the society went house-to-house for Trick or Can, and collected a little over 1,300 pounds of food for the North Branch Food Shelf. In November, NHS helped coordinate Kids Vote at the local precincts on Election Day. Later in the month, NHS set up and worked the North Branch Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both the middle school and the high school. NHS provided food for browsers and delivered meals to vendors. Overall, it was a big success.

Following these two productive events, NHS collected unused and broken Christmas tree lights for recycling. The community put together about two cubic yards of lights, and they will be sent up north to a recycling plant. This plant provides jobs for adults with disabilities, who will separate the parts to be recycled.

More recently, members of NHS volunteered for Minnesota’s largest candlelight ski at Wild River State Park. NHS prepared ski trails with luminaries in the afternoon before skiers arrived, and kept them well lit until the last skier glided by.

For the last major event this year, NHS will host a blood drive. This event is held at the high school in April, where over 100 students volunteer to donate blood to those in need.

Overall, the members of North Branch National Honor Society have really been in the thick of things, maintaining volunteer hours while juggling busy high school schedules.

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