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Students donate blood at the NHS blood drive

The National Honor Society at Dripping Springs High School has multiple goals set for the 2015-2016 school year. With various service projects, the bi-annual blood drive, and helping out with Brown Santa. It can get pretty busy for NHS.

“We haven’t done a whole lot yet,” said Ms. Nevin “Right now we’re planning for the blood drive that falls on the 29th of October.”

NHS hosts the Blood Center of Central Texas once in the fall and once in the spring. After organizing the set up, members get people to sign up and donate blood.

“On the 29th in the B gym they’ll be here all day for people to donate blood,” said Nevin. “We don’t benefit from it, it’s just to help the Blood Center of Central Texas.”

With the blood drive quickly approaching, President Insiya Aziz and Vice President Maria Duster have been working on a service project that revolves around real life TED Talks.

“We wanted to emulate that type of thing at the high school and give students and administrators a platform to discuss issues,” said Insiya Aziz. “We are trying to make this an event that will involve the whole community”

The project will also help raise funds to aid the Rainwater Initiative that AP environmental science is sponsoring at the high school.

“Maria and I came up with the idea to mirror TED Talks so that we could encourage discussion about environmental and global issues,” said Aziz.

In addition to these service projects, students are required to have their own individual projects.

Junior Maia Batte and friends have decided that for their service project they will be going to ask for donations of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to make “blessing bags” for people living at homeless shelters around Austin.

“It makes me happy because it relates to our community,” said Batte. “It helps brings us closer to our community”

NHS offers a variety of service opportunities and strives to better our school and community with every project.

“NHS is a fantastic organization because it serves as a platform for like-minded students to participate in the community activities,” said Insiya Aziz. “I enjoy it because there are a variety of activities and the organization as a whole promotes each and every student to do their part in society.”

Jillian Shepperd

Features Editor