Local elementary school establishes new national honor society chapter

Hopkins Road Elementary School has established a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) to recognize its most outstanding students, according to information from the school. Staff members at the school were notified recently that their application to begin the national student recognition program was approved by the national office and that they may undertake the process of selecting new members in the 2009-2010 school year.

NEHS is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). NASSP also sponsors the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.

At the local level, chapters of the National Elementary Honor Society are supervised by a faculty adviser. The new adviser for the chapter at Hopkins Road Elementary School will be Robin White.  She has worked with school principal, Donna Venable to lead the induction of 21 new members on Monday, March 1.

On Friday, Venable said most people were aware of the honor societies at the middle and high schools, but the honor society had become available at the elementary level within the past two years. The school has offered the opportunity to fourth and fifth graders, she said, and the fourth graders will “be around to keep the chapter going” next year.

“We actually had a rehearsal [of the induction ceremony] this afternoon,” she said, and the students were excited to be a part of the group. “We just feel like it’s so important to keep our students motivated. … We like to have something for everyone.”

After the ceremony, the inductees will attend some afterschool leadership training with the chapter adviser and organize service projects and other activities that support the purposes of the organization, Venable said. The service element “takes them beyond the classroom,” she said.

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