National Technical Honor Society students give back to the community

Oak Forest Elementary School students and the community are now benefitting from a Little Free Library (LFL), constructed and installed by students in the Career and Technical Education (CATE) Center’s National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).  A Little Free Library is a free book exchange where anyone in the community can come and take a book or bring a book to share. Students and sponsors of the Humble ISD CATE Center NTHS value literacy. “One of our goals is to build and maintain Little Free Libraries at Humble ISD schools so the communities around the libraries will have access to free books,” Risa McCann, NTHS Co-Sponsor, said. “It is our hope that the books will spur a love of reading in children.” The NTHS Little Free Library is chartered with the Little Free Library organization and can be found on their world-wide map of LFLs. “Books are flying out and coming in to the Little Free Library and kids are loving it,” said Linda Schmidt, OFE Principal. The National Technical Honor Society students hope to organize a ribbon cutting for the Little Free Library in the near future.

Little Free Library
Pictured left to right are NTHS sponsors Risa McCann and David Srubar; and NTHS members Ryan Abante, Matt Hindmarsh, Lily Tapia, Josie Tapia, and Savannah Juarez.

As part of their continued service in the community, NTHS students also partnered with the Houston Police Officers Union to collect children’s books and teddy bears to help support the Houston Police Department’s Badges and Bears Campaign. When adults with children become involved with HPD, officers are able to offer a book and a bear to the children to help calm them. “Our community service projects place high emphasis on literacy,” McCann said. “Ultimately, children are reading books, and as teachers and students we value our personal education and our ability to read and we want to foster these feelings in others.” NTHS students presented their donations at a lunch with the officers, where they were thanked by a detective who had recently used his bears from last year's donations.

Badges and Bears Campaign
Humble ISD National Technical Honor Society students presented donations of books and bears to the Houston Police Officers Union in support of the Houston Police Department’s Badges and Bears Campaign. Pictured left to right are Joe Gamaldi, H.P.O. Union President; NTHS members: Matt Hindmarsh, Kaila Suell, Savannah Juarez,  Lexie Gallegos, Yaneli Zamarripa, Arlene Garcia, Ryan Abante, Collin Newman and Joshua Jordan; and HPD Sergeant Luis Menendez-Sierra.