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Making a Difference: CMS National Junior Honor Society wrapping paper drive

Making a Difference: CMS National Junior Honor Society wrapping paper drive
Club officers holding wrapping paper rolls

Colonial Middle School National Junior Honor Society officers Teagan Stanley (treasurer), Brianna Zummo (secretary), Matthew Falatek (president), Chace Keene (co-vice president), and Kyle Tenthoff (co-vice president).

For the winter holidays every year, the Colonial School District teams with the Colonial Neighborhood Council, the Conshohocken Salvation Army, and the Conshohocken Police Department to collect toys and clothes for children in the Colonial School District. This year, families picking up the presents will have help wrapping them thanks to the Colonial Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society. 

“It’s important, because we have to help people in need,” said Chace Keene, NJHS co-vice president. 

The CMS NJHS set a goal of collecting 250 items, including rolls of wrapping paper, bags of bows, and packages of tissue paper that families will be able to use to wrap the donated presents.

“I brought in a couple rolls of wrapping paper,” said Brianna Zummo, NJHS secretary. “I'm happy that it’ll get used on presents for children in need.” 

With only a couple days left in the drive, the group had collected more than 150 items and were optimistic about making their goal.

Girl coloring in a fundraising thermometer as friend holding wrapping paper looks on

“We’re passed halfway, so we’re doing pretty good,” said NJHS president Matthew Falatek.

“A lot of people are very last minute,” said NJHS treasurer Teagan Stanley. “I think people realize the meaning behind this whole project and want to help out those who are less fortunate. I think it’s very doable.” 

Service is one of the five pillars of the National Junior Honor Society, making it equally as important as Character, Citizenship, Leadership, and Scholarship. Members are responsible for completing at least nine hours of service during the school year. 

“It’s all a part of being a leader in your community and being somebody who shows up,” said Teagan.

The group will be doing another service project in January. Members also earn service hours on their own through activities like volunteering for the elementary school carnivals, helping at local public libraries, and tutoring.