Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2000

National Honor Society looks to leave no yard unraked in search of service

November 2, 2000

Last fall, when Elden Lovelett went to clean his yard of pine needles from his three evergreen trees, he had no difficulty. However, this fall is a different story. Lovelett developed severe arthritis over the course of the year, eventually causing him to have surgery on his hands.

Lovelett wondered how he was going to clean the mass of pine needles accumulating throughout his yard.

Thankfully, he said, the Eudora High National Honor Society is going to lend him a helping hand.

The NHS will be raking leaves for senior citizens over the age of 55. NHS will provide its own rakes, bags and most important to Lovelett, assistance.

"That`s one reason why I`m taking advantage of it is because I don`t have any strength in my arms," Lovelett said. "Needles all over the place. We`re sure going to appreciate the help, I tell you for sure."

Bonnie Neis, NHS sponsor, said the workday is being held to fulfill requirements of students involved with the group. NHS members have four areas necessary for their recognition: scholarship, leadership, character and service. Raking lawns for seniors in Eudora, ensures members fulfill their service requirement. In the past, Neis said, she`s not sure how much has been required of NHS members for active service.

"I don`t know how much has been done in the past," Neis said. "Unless you`re in an organized group like scouting or a church group, the opportunity for community service doesn`t come up.

"And, it`s more fun when you`re doing it in a group."

And while the group is fulfilling its service requirement, seniors in Eudora will benefit for a reasonable cost -- free.

"That`s what Elden said, he looked at that and said, he price is right,`" said wife Darlene Lovelett.

The group will be raking lawns from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Anyone wanting more information may contact Neis between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 542-4980.

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