Members of the AHS chapter of the National Honor Society recently transformed into “blanketeers”. They spent their half-day back in December making blankets to donate to Project Linus, a charity that collects and distributes unique blankets to children in need throughout the country. In total, the scholars made 19 blankets to donate to the organization.
Project Linus is named after the character Linus from the infamous “Peanuts.” The character was notorious for carrying around a blanket as a form of security. The cartoon inspired the founders of the organization, who now work with local branches nationwide to donate blankets to children who are sick, traumatized, or simply in need of a little TLC.
With both scissors and fleece in hand, member of the NHS Executive Board, Jaime Street, explained how “the blankets come to represent what the blanket did for Linus. It’s a really nice comfort for these kids to have while they’re going through treatment or are sick.”
With its headquarters stationed in Illinois, the charity has rapidly spread throughout the U.S. Currently, there are chapters present in all 50 states. The chapters work to locally donate the blankets to children.
The months of December through January are often filled with busy schedules and leave little time to give back to the community. In the middle of making a blanket himself, Michael Weber, a senior member of the club, discussed how “It’s a lot easier to go out and volunteer and do community service when you’re presented opportunities, and this is one great opportunity which National Honor Society has given us during a season of giving and general happiness.”
Juniors and Seniors are eligible to be members of the prestigious society. In order to be invited into the club, students must have either a weighted GPA of at least 4.2500 or an unweighted GPA of at least 3.7500. Additionally, scholars must have completed 50 hours of community service within the past year. Member of NHS are expected to be leaders in the community and demonstrate exemplary character.
Caroline Murtagh, another member of the Executive Board, wanted to help improve the impact of the club in the school. “We tried to make the event last all day. The club held a breakfast in the morning, and we encouraged members to wear their pajamas to school. Students have to work hard to join the National Honor Society, so we wanted to take a day to appreciate their efforts while giving back to the community.”
Overall, the event was a success. Students enjoyed spending time with their fellow peers, while knowing they were helping to make a difference in a child’s life.
By Alison Murtagh