The Shaler Area Latin Honor Society has been set a goal this year to work more outside the school to have a positive impact on the local community.
“We’re trying to get out to be more of a community-based organization. We’re trying to help out in other places,” senior Josh Bartosh, president of the Latin Honor Society, said.
In the past, the society focused mostly on the language, but the group felt that because it is an honor society, students should help the community more. LHS will continue to go to Penn State for a Latin convention where it meets with the other schools and competes in diverse activities, but it will now do more than that.
During the months of October and November, Latin Honor Society completed two service projects. On October 20, they painted pumpkins, which were then donated to the Children’s Hospital.
Members did not get to deliver the pumpkins in person, but they did hear about how happy the children in the hospital were to get those decorated pumpkins.
“We like to do things just to give back and help those in need,” Magistra Jessica Alexander, the co-sponsor of the Latin Honor Society, said.
On November 17, LHS made several fleece blankets. Those blankets were donated to Light of Life, a center which gives the homeless shelter and food. The fleece blankets will be handed out to the homeless to help them stay warm this winter.
When asked about making the fleece blankets and how he felt about making and donating them Bartosh said, “It’s very rewarding because you’re helping somebody in need.”
In December, the Latin Honor Society plans to spread some holiday joy by going to Hampton Fields to sing carols.
The Latin Honor Society hopes that all of these activities will help make the community a better and/or happier place.
“It’s a good feeling to help others and give back to the community,” freshman Latin student Cassie Kagle said.
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