From left, Milton Area High School National Honor Society members Hayleigh Alleman and Tara Wands prepare gift buckets to be delivered to new Milton residents. Society members complete a variety of community service projects throughout the school year.

MILTON — Giving back is something students in the Milton Area School District enjoy. For juniors and seniors who are members of the National Honor Society (NHS), giving back occurs regularly as the students participate in a number of community service projects throughout the year.

“Being able to volunteer and help out is very self rewarding,” Tara Wands, a senior member of the society, said. “It makes you feel better. It’s an amazing feeling you get when you help someone out.”

The students, who are advised by teachers Seth Reitz and Angela Ranck, enjoy each of the service projects they complete each school year.

“We did an Easter egg hunt for the elementary schools (last year),” Katie Behnart, an NHS member, said.

“They were really appreciative,” Curtis Weaver, also an NHS member, added. “They were happy to see us. It’s really rewarding.”

The students have also been involved in helping with a career fair at the school, making greeting cards for nursing home patients and tutoring other students in the district.

Weaver has especially enjoyed serving as a tutor.

“It really helps (the students) out,” he said.

“Last year, NHS members assisted with the spring musical, with the concession stand,” Hayleigh Alleman, an NHS member, said. “That really helped out a lot.”

One project the students are currently working on involves filling welcome buckets and delivering them to new residents in the district.

“Inside, we have information that pertains to the school,” Haleigh Stewart, an NHS member, said while describing the contents of the buckets.

Reitz said about 30 of the information buckets have been delivered so far. The students have enjoyed making the deliveries.

“They’ve had really nice dogs,” Wands said of the homes she’s delivered buckets to.

This month, NHS members will be helping with a Jump Rope For Hearts fundraiser for the American Heart Association, being held at elementary schools in the district.

Behnart said it’s good for the students to be involved in so many community service projects.

“All the service projects help to harvest trust in the community,” she said.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email kevin@standard-journal.com.

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