Rocky Heights Middle School thanks local health care workers
By Celeste McNeil; courtesy photo
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students at Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) recently participated in the Thank Yous for Health Care Workers project. The eighth grade students made nearly 150 thank you cards to be delivered to health care workers at UCHealth.
“The Thank Yous for Health Care Workers project was a way to show our appreciation to health care workers for their hard work to fight against COVID-19 in our community. It was intended for the wide variety of health care worker who have been defending Douglas County and making it safer for us to go to school,” said NJHS student Chloe Farson.
In keeping with the spirit of the project and current public safety guidelines, the card making was done at school, but in a safe way. All participants wore masks, gloves and used disinfectant. Even with the public safety measures, students were excited to contribute and enjoyed the creative project. Speaking of the project generally, Farson said, “we felt it was a kind thing to do.”
When asked about the most meaningful aspect of this project, Farson noted writing encouraging messages in the cards. “Most of us enjoyed this part because we were able to write kind and inspiring quotes to the health care workers and give them a bit of hope about the work that they do.”
In addition to the Thank Yous for Health Care Workers project, RHMS NJHS has participated in Project Angel Heart, where they decorated bags which were later filled with food and supplies for local homeless, and a couple of community clean-up projects at Coyote Ridge Park and surrounding trails in the City of Castle Pines.
NJHS is an extension of National Honor Society, geared for younger secondary students. At RHMS, it is open to eighth grade students who have maintained at least a 3.7 GPA (content knowledge) and received five or more A’s in work habit grades during seventh grade. Applications are required, including an essay and details about the student’s character and service. Accepted students receive an invitation to join. Currently, the RHMS chapter has approximately 30 students. NJHS is built around five pillars of commitment: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.