Spreading the Love: NEHS makes Valentine’s Cards for elementary schools


Abigail Lindsay

NEHS students make Valentines at their February meeting. These Valentines were then distributed to students at Crestview, Moreland, Hamilton, and Mt. Holly elementary schools.

National English Honors Society (NEHS) is helping to spread the love this Valentine’s Day by making cards for elementary schools in the districts. 

NEHS helps with a variety of community service opportunities within both the school district and the community.  Last year’s events included a book drive at CHS, helping with the Buck-a-Book campaign, and tutoring at elementary schools. 

 Earlier this school year the Honors Society made holiday cards to send to Mooreland Elementary School, yet for the Valentine’s Day cards, they wanted to reach more elementary schools.  Fourth and fifth graders at Mt. Holly, Crestview, Hamilton, and Letort Elementary schools will each receive handwritten cards from NEHS as well as a small piece of candy; this totaled out to around 300 cards.  

This is the first year NEHS has done Valentine’s Day cards; this idea was brought to adviser Sarah Clayville’s attention by president Xenia Makosky and secretary Laney Keel.   

The youth need to know there are people thinking about them and looking out for them and looking out for their best interest,

— Laney Keel

“We wanted to make something special for the elementary students in our district,” said Keel. “It’s important to realize not all students receive gifts/valentines.”   

Over the years, NEHS has established a good relationship with the elementary schools through a variety of activities such as after school tutoring, helping with wordy worm essays, and making previous cards during the holiday season.  NEHS is always looking for new ways to continue their connection with the elementary schools. 

“We wanted to do something small for our friends at the elementary schools to continue our relationship,” said Makosky.  

During the monthly meeting, on Wed. Feb. 5, members worked on making these cards using a variety of different cards, stickers, and colorful markers, 

The members of NEHS enjoy these little opportunities, to reach out to the elementary schools.

“It helps high schoolers connect with elementary school students and it makes the younger children feel like they are appreciated,” said junior member Skylar Bowers. 

The cards were given to the elementary schools on Fri. Feb. 7 after school to the elementary school for teachers to distribute next week, along with a bag of candy for each teacher to give to students.    

“The youth need to know there are people thinking about them and looking out for them and looking out for their best interest,” said Keel.

NEHS hopes to be able to create more things for elementary schools in the spring, in order to keep a presence within the schools.

“Elementary school students are still in a stage of life when they look up to older kids,” said Makosky. “NEHS hopes to continue its relationship with the elementary schools, so we can promote literacy in our district and hopefully recruit a lot of future NEHS members who can continue to help the Carlisle community.”