When the East Lawrence High School National Honor Society decided to do something special for those in need, the club did not have to look far to find such a group.
The club chose to help the students at the Lawrence County Child Development Center. The club plans to do several projects with the students at the LCDC. The first project was throwing a great Christmas party.
About 35 East Lawrence NHS members participated. Each student at the LCDC made out a wish list. The National Honor Society members then divided in teams to fulfill those wishes.
"For example," said club sponsor Lisa Steele, "One student is blind and needed earphones to listen to books. The NHS team got the students the earphones plus audio books."
Gifts were distributed at the Christmas party complete with hot pizza and sweets.
Austin Hooie, a senior and new NHS member spearheaded the project. The idea came to him after spending most of the school year with the students at the LCDC. His goal was to involve them in something special with other students.
He hopes the National Honor Society next year will continue the Christmas project and make it an annual commitment.
"The best part of the day was not getting out of class or the free food, it was getting to see the smiles on the kids' faces as they opened our gifts to them and how they interacted with us," said Dustin Hooie, another senior NHS member.