Honors students perform community service at holiday season and throughout the school year
Dec. 23, 2016
During the school year, Watervliet High School National Honor Society members serve meals to the homeless at the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany in an effort to give back to the community.
Each month, at least six (often more) high school honors students visit the Capital City Rescue Mission to assist with meal service. The students help set up the dining room with place settings and prepare food for the meals by chopping vegetables, slicing cakes and desserts, peeling potatoes, and any other tasks that need to get done.
Once the prep work is completed, students set the tables and fill trays with utensils and condiments. As the dining room fills up, some students fill the trays with food while others serve the meals. After the meal, students get to work cleaning up the kitchen, the serving area, and the dining room. In all, the volunteer effort takes about two and a half hours from start to finish.
The work at the City Mission is one of the many service activities that the National Honor Society members complete during the year. The students also provide volunteer service in a variety of capacities such as tutoring students at the high school and elementary school, volunteer at the Watervliet Senior Center activities, packing food bags for elementary school’s Food is Fuel program, helping coordinate the Halloween parade, and various Watervliet Civic Center functions.
According to English teacher Mark Snyder, an adviser for the WHS National Honor Society, by the end of the school year, each honor society member will have completed a minimum of 15 community service hours; however, most will far exceed this number!