CMDS inducted its newest National Elementary Honor Society class this week, welcoming 24 members to the Ella McVean Chapter.
In a ceremonial chapel Wednesday, April 6, student members led and directed the program, from the opening prayer and welcome to outlining each of the four NEHS ideals (scholarship, responsibility, service and leadership) to presenting the certificates.
The first ideal, scholarship, represents a commitment to learning beyond the classroom and the formal school day, as fifth grader Rhodes T. explained. Knowledge leads to success –achieved through diligence and effort – and the opportunity to expand one’s world.
Lainey S., a sixth grader, said responsibility takes place in all aspects of life, at home as an expression of concern for family members; in sports, through best-effort competition; and in school and the community as a role model.
Sixth grader Dex J. said service represents the motivation to help others do what they cannot do alone, without the expectation of reward, striving to live as Jesus did. And leadership means being a positive influence on the school and the community with a willingness to yield personal interest to the interest of others, fifth grader McLain P. said.
The CMDS chapter – founded on campus in 2010 – takes an active leadership role within the school community, especially when it comes to service projects.
This year, the group collected soda can pull-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House; organized a toy drive for the Forrest Spence Fund; and gave our teachers and staff personalized cards and ornaments for Christmas gifts.
Working with the Student Council Association, the Honor Society helped organize The Giving Tree, which benefited students at Cornerstone Prep in Memphis’s Binghampton community. Cornerstone received more than 280 hats and sets of gloves for its students as a result of the CMDS project.
And each member is required to perform his or her own individual service to the school or community; this year, those projects have ranged from making sandwiches for the homeless to helping neighbors with household chores to donating items to charity.
The NEHS Ella McVean Chapter is currently underway with its spring project, donating snack foods to the Mid-South Food Bank’s BackPack for Kids program. It’s receiving donations to the food bank, which provides a food-filled backpack for children to take home for the weekend. Donations can be dropped off now through Friday, April 8, at Mrs. Oxner’s desk, Nurse Boeving’s desk or Mrs. Reynolds’s room.
Items needed include: Individual packages of peanut butter crackers, cookies, pretzels, snack crackers such as Goldfish or Teddy Grahams, oatmeal, fruit snacks and other snack items.
NEHS membership selection is based on a set of criteria which includes age; time enrolled at CMDS; grades; and the demonstration of personal responsibility at home, at school and in the community. Teachers recommend the candidates based on those criteria, and then each nominated student submitted his or her candidate form to a selection committee.
Julie Reynolds is the NEHS Ella McVean Chapter faculty adviser, a role she’s held for all six years of the organization’s existence at CMDS; David Vaughn is co-adviser.
2016 NEHS Ella McVean Chapter inductees:
Sarah Ann C.
Anna Laura H.
National Elementary Honor Society pledge:
“I pledge to uphold the purpose of the National Elementary Honor Society to which I have been selected. I will be a strong student striving in every way by word and deed to makes its ideals of scholarship, responsibility, service and leadership the ideals of my life and school.”