National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) honors the best and brightest students in Career and Technical Education classes. One of NTHS’s seven core values is citizenship. Each member of NTHS completes twenty hours of individual volunteer service and also participates in a group volunteer activity.
Each one of us has gifts, talents, and special abilities that we can share with those around us. In an effort to help our NTHS members carry this concept into their volunteering, Darrel Casperson and I (NTHS advisors) invited guest presenters in to speak to our members. Sarah Shimek, Grand Forks Public Schools’ Character Education and Prevention Coordinator, and Maria LeBlanc, Saint Joseph’s Thrift Store and Social Care, did a wonderful job giving our members vision and inspiration to go out and use their talents and abilities to serve our community.
Thus far this year, we have had three group volunteer activities. NTHS members volunteered at Tufte Manor bringing goodies and leading the nursing home residents in bingo. They are some serious bingo players! We also assisted with the set-up for Saint Joseph’s fall festival for kids held at Saint Michael’s. Finally, we volunteered at Northland’s Rescue Mission wrapping Christmas gifts and putting on a competitive game of bingo.
Volunteering together is always a rewarding experience. Not only is it a good way to bring us together as an organization, but it feels good to give back to our community. Where ever we go, the people express time and time again how thankful they are for us coming.
In early spring, we are planning to volunteer at Good Samaritan to play games with the nursing home residents.
Current Grand Forks Central NTHS Members: Samantha Burkett, Nicolette Cariveau, Taylor Crafton, Shelby Curtis, Nikki Dogan, Casey Johnson, Jason Kutz, Megan Meyer, Morgan Myvik, Cody Rowley, Katie Sween
Current Red River High School NTHS Members: Abdullah Abdussaheb, Abby Beczkalo, Chase Christen, Matthew Collings, Erik Hanson, Sam Mattice, Joshua Pierce, Dan Raymond, Brady Regimbal, Chris Rieth, Mitch Rogers, Billy Sturman, Helen Thomas, Jennifer Trader, Sydney Vorachek, Allison Walker, Matthew Yaeger
Jennifer George, Red River High School NTHS Advisor