Annual NHS service fair to be held Friday during long lunch


Vijay Bharadwaj

Students spoke to representatives from organizations that provide service opportunities for high school students at last year’s fair. The service fair will take place tomorrow in front of Nichols Hall.

by Irina Malyugina and Katherine Zhang

The National Honor Society (NHS) will hold its third annual service fair in Nichols Hall tomorrow, where students can visit booths representing various community service organizations to learn about community service opportunities on- and off-campus.

The fair will host 22 organizations, including on-campus, service-oriented clubs such as Key Club, Red Cross, Harker CTF and Harker Tutoring Club as well as individual community service organizations. Student members of these groups will represent their respective organizations at the fair.

“[The fair] started as an attempt by NHS to promote our pillar of service on campus by creating an opportunity for our students to get to know a lot of different service organizations in hopes that they’ll find one they really connect with,” NHS faculty advisor and biology teacher Mike Pistacchi said.

The organizations will present various opportunities for students, such as participating in clean-up events, tutoring students and donating food to the homeless, among others. Some organizations, such as the Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education (AMASE), are hoping to find volunteers with a specific skill set as well.

“We are pretty selective about the volunteers we want to be working with our students, especially since so many of them have different challenges with behavior,” AMASE volunteer Emily Chen (12), who will be promoting the organization at the fair, said. “But I do think that the service fair is a really great and well-organized way to reach out to students on campus who wouldn’t necessarily be involved in this kind of stuff in the first place.”

NHS held the first service fair in April of the 2015-2016 school year, but has since moved the date and expanded to include more organizations and allow students to vouch for their own off-campus organizations.

“Service fair is mainly for freshmen but also for upperclassmen to see what kinds of service opportunities are available outside of school,” NHS vice president Tanvi Singh (12) said.

The event will be held 10 days after the NHS’ induction ceremony on Oct. 3, during which 79 new members of the society were officially welcomed by current members and NHS leadership. Applicants were admitted based on essays, teacher recommendations, academic performance and extracurricular involvement.

Students can involve themselves in community service through NHS, signing up for community service trips organized by Director of Upper School Community Service and Student Activities Coordinator Kerry Enzensperger or participating in organizations advertised at the service fair.

This piece was originally published in the pages of the Winged Post on October 12, 2017.