OHS students pack boxes for troops


OREGON – The Oregon High School National Honor Society Chapter has been very busy this year, and its latest service project was preparing boxes of requested supplies to send to a clearinghouse in Florida that redistributes and forwards them to our troops overseas. 

The items they chose off the list were cotton swabs and pre-packaged rice crispy treats.  Other projects they’ve taken part in this year included volunteering at the Mount Morris Moose Halloween event and tutoring our David L. Rahn Junior High Students.

Every Wednesday afternoon, two to four NHS students gather in their advisor, Ms. Leamanczyk’s classroom at OHS to tutor eight to 10 junior high students in all subjects from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The school district provides transportation, so they can get the help that is needed.  This has been a very positive experience for both high school and junior high students participating. 

DLR Principal, Kip Crandall noted the impact the NHS tutors are making on students with the following specific example: “The first week made an impact on one of our kids we have been struggling with.  He came in today on his own (rare) and asked me who would be coming this afternoon. What he really wanted to know was if a [certain tutor] was coming back.  =It seemed like he really connected with them as he told me all about the help he got and was really proud when the tutor put a few more examples on the board and he got them right.” 

Advisor, Ranae Leamanczyk has made this a mandatory requirement for NHS members and will be keeping this as part of the program in the future. 

To be an NHS member, students must be a junior or senior in high school, have a 3.6 grade point average, and a specific minimum of service hours. Currently, there are 26 National Honor Society members at OHS. 

The next fundraiser/community service event will be a night working at McDonald’s on Tuesday, April 7 from 4-8 p.m. Come have dinner and a cookie and meet our members.