NHS National Honor Society at Lawrence High School

    SUMMER BREAK: See you in August!*

    *Check out the available volunteer opportunities this summer. Seniors, remember, you need to have completed 40 hours of community service hours prior to graduation in May 2025. 

    Newly invited Juniors (Class of '26) - You are more than welcome to take these volunteer opportunities as well. You need to obtain 15 hours of service (along with your other application materials) by Monday, October 7th. You can turn in your application to me in Student Services.

    Please, let me know if you have any questions.


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    NHS Community Garden hours: Dr. Ruis is taking over the LHS Community Garden this summer. Contact him if you are interested in this service project. Gardening, planting, mulching, watering, harvesting, etc.

    West Middle School Community Garden hours: WMS is looking for 5-10 student volunteers to help with their community garden for 3-5 hours. Sign up link is below


    SUMMER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED National Honor Society volunteer hours at the IRC, 711 E. 23rd St.: This  Sign-Up Genius outlines the dates, times, expectations, and location for the opportunities.  

    *Senior Resource Center for Douglas County - Tech Help Tuesday - they are looking for volunteers especially for this summer. For more information, see Dr. Ruis in Student Services.

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    *Service Projects You Can Do From Home or in a Small Group*

    Message Dr. Ruis with questions


    I will continue to add to this sheet, so check it frequently as you need ideas.


    Donate Blood - Call the Red Cross to make an appointment 1-800-RED-CROSS


    Linus Project - Make a blanket for a child in need. Details can be found here: https://www.projectlinus.org

    Bring your completed blanket to Dr. Ruis for donation


    Thank you notes to essential workers. I have some cards in my room (102). You can come get some from me or use your own. Write a message of gratitude to essential workers and deliver them. (Think of places that usually don’t get acknowledged - gas station attendants, grocery store cashiers. . .) Deliver them with a smile and let Dr. Ruis know where you went. If you want to work in partners or groups of 3-4, you can use Student Services as a workspace.


    Organize a Campus Clean Up for any evening after school. Let Dr. Ruis know what evening works for you to organize a group (you can create a sign-up genius). We will get bags and gloves for you.


    Gather books and donate them to one of the “little libraries” in Lawrence.


    Gather supplies for the Lawrence Humane Society. They appreciate towels, sheets, or linens used for bedding or cleaning. Any paper towels or wipes. Current drop-off procedure is to take items inside and leave them on the donation table.  If some of you want to take this on as a project at school, we could add collection boxes at LHS.  DM me if you want to get a group together to organize.

    You might also be able to volunteer as a dog walker, or in the cat room to help socialize the animals.


    Tutor. We often get requests for tutors. If you feel like you can assist students, and you are willing to tutor for free, this is a great way to earn in-district hours. Add your information to the Google Document for us to share with students/parents in need. We get a lot of calls for the core subjects, but we also get calls for help with electives like drafting.



    Organize a food drive for Just Foods Pantry or donate to one of the little pantries in the community


    Write cards for people in care homes. You can make cards or use cards you have. Write a note to brighten the day of someone who hasn’t been able to have friends or family visit it for almost a year.  Bring me your envelopes, and I will mail them for you.


    Clear walks for someone who can’t do it themselves. No business, no relatives, and no one that could do it themselves. Do not accept payment.


    Knit or crochet a scarf, hat, or gloves to donate to someone in need. If you have access to a sewing machine, I’ve seen some great scarfs made from old t-shirts. (Pinterest is your friend here)


    The mental health team is compiling some videos to help students with a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, organization, homework management, test preparation. . . Do you have helpful tips other students might benefit from? Are you willing to share your ideas?  Make a video incorporating your best advice and send it to Dr. Ruis. 


    Repurpose your old clothes and do good things for the environment in the process. Create shopping totes from your old t-shirts. Bring them to Dr. Ruis to distribute in the community. Instructions are here: https://www.instructables.com/FASTEST-RECYCLED-T-SHIRT-TOTE-BAG/

    Or here:  https://mommypotamus.com/no-sew-t-shirt-tote-bag-tutorial/


    Steve Gasper is looking for a small group (possibly 2-3 students) to clean grave markers for his parents and a friend at Memorial Park Cemetery. Steve estimates that this is a 2-hour project (including mobilization and demobilization). Let Dr. Ruis know if you are interested in pursuing this service project.





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