On Tuesday, March 31, we honored Cesar Chavez and his work to improve the lives of farm workers in California. On April 4, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 52nd anniversary of his assassination. These leaders dedicated their lives to making the world a better place. Today, we find ourselves in an unprecedented moment in history as we face a world-wide pandemic- together but apart. It is in these times that leaders and helpers step up. So it is time to step up.
Please use this Spring Break to stretch your leadership skills and activate your helping attitude. Like the Kindness Project, this call to action requires a creative response from you. How can you make this time better for others?
It can be as simple as:
Hang a sign in your window to cheer up your neighborhood
Leave a snack for your delivery driver
Host a virtual dance party
Read a book to your younger sibling
Leave a note of encouragement for a neighbor
Drop off a box of food at the food pantry
I know you can think of some amazing ideas you can put into action. Have fun while you make this time better for someone else!
Share your project by taking a picture of you in action and then email me your picture.
The Walter Reed Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is an extremely enthusiastic and energetic group of high performing 7th and 8th grade students. NJHS members are students who want to build their leadership capacities and who are self-starters. Our members are self-motivated and seek out membership because they want to make a difference in their school and community. Eligible students can apply in the Spring of 6th grade and 7th grade for membership the following academic year.
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NJHS in 1929, 8 years after it founded National Honor Society for high school students. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NJHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.
Five main purposes have guided chapters of NJHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; to encourage responsible citizenship; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
We meet during lunch on the 1st Thursday of each month.
You can find us in the gym or the C-Arcade.