|April 15, 2010
RHS National Honor Society
brings a little joy to disadvantaged children
High School National Honor Society students along with Sheriff Lucky
Larson, tuned into CSKT Captain of Police Craig Couture as he thanked
the students for conducting the toy drive and shares the importance of
what a toy gift means to a child when a police department encounters a
frightened little one during stressful domestic disputes. (Lailani
RONAN — It was like Christmas. Toys galore were
donated in March from folks across the valley to benefit St. Luke’s
Hospital, the Lake County Sheriff’s office and the CSKT Tribal Police
The toy drive was hosted by the Ronan High School
National Honor Society to benefit children admitted to the hospital and
for officers to disperse on scene, according to Heather Holmlund, Ronan
High School Librarian. The toys collected were brought to the Ronan
High School Library on Thursday, April 1 to present to local
The RHS National Honor Society set up drop-off
boxes at Valley Bank and Ronan Community Bank, Harvest Foods, Mission
Mart, and Pablo IGA, including the Ronan schools and Pablo Elementary
and urged community folks and students to get involved in the effort to
bring comfort to hurting children in Mission Valley.
Difficult situations arise when dealing when law
enforcement removes children from a home; to help ease the transition,
a toy given to a child is very important. “It bridges the gap,” said
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police Captain, Craig Couture.
Sheriff Lucky Larson was present and thanked the
students while expressing the importance of the toy drive. “When we
have to go to a car accident and mom and dad are in there and the child
is alone - there are times we have given a teddy bear to a child who
would grab on to it and hold it. It helped. This is very important to
us,” he said.
“The students were very happy with the turn out
and are excited to see them get in the hands of the children in our
valley,” said Holmlund.
The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a
nationwide organization in the United States with many high schools
chapters. Selection is based on four standards: scholarship,
leadership, service, and character. The society also requires service
to the community, school, or other organizations. The projects help
students meet the required service hour total monthly. The NHS was
founded in 1921 at The Fifth Avenue High School by Principal Edward S.
Rynearson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
National Honor Society groups are commonly active
in community service activities both in the community and at the
school. Many chapters maintain a requirement for participation in such
There are an estimated one million students who
participate in activities of the NHS chapters in United States. NHS
recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges them to
develop through active involvement in school activities and community
The community donated new and gently used toys
from March 15 - 26. Items collected were children’s movies (DVD or
VHS), board games, books and stuffed animals. Stuffed animals were the
most sought after and received toy item.
RHS students on the NHS are: Shane Roberts, Alice
Van Guten, Amber Metzger, Alex Dulmes and Abby Luke.
“Some kids never get a gift,” Couture said. He
shared with the students about one particular child and the
significance in his young life, what a toy can do. “We had a foster kid
who didn’t even know when his birthday was or when Christmas was. The
gift of a toy was very meaningful to the child and to us,” he said.