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Creating change with change

Items purchased for this year's holiday party.

The Parkwood Chapter of the National Honor Society embarked on a major feat in November—collecting money to buy toys and supplies for a holiday party. The holiday party is hosted each year by Key Club, one of the largest clubs at Parkwood.  It is held as a community outreach project that brings holiday cheer to elementary age students in the Parkwood community.

This year the party was held on Friday, December 13th at Parkwood. Children from Parkwood’s feeder schools; Western Union, Prospect and Waxhaw Elementary, were invited to a day full of crafts, games, food and fun. The children who attended the party were chosen to participate due to circumstances that might keep them from having a very joyous holiday season. Key Club members led games, did crafts and were ‘buddies’ to the elementary students who came.

For the second year Parkwood's National Honor Society was given the opportunity to help out with the holiday party by collecting change to offset the cost of gifts and supplies. Through a weeklong competition between classes, Parkwood High School raised over $3,000 in change.

“Without NHS we wouldn’t be able to have the holiday party, and the holiday party is an important event for our community because some of the children that attend don’t have basic necessities. Like last year, a boy started crying because he was so happy he got a toothbrush and now he didn’t have to share with his siblings,” said senior Lindsay Martin, Key Club President.

The partnership between the two clubs has allowed the holiday party tradition to continue and benefits the Parkwood community.

Written by: Katia Keller, 12th grade student and NHS President
Edited by: Regina Snelson
Posted: Dec 13, 2013 by Regina Snelson

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