Honor in giving
De Soto High School students helped a few families get a very special Thanksgiving this year.
Seniors in the National Honor Society at DHS continued their tradition last week to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Afterward, they delivered the meals in person.
Faculty sponsor Nancy Perry said high school students learned not only how to shop for groceries and basic cooking skills, but the feeling of helping others.
The group cooked two turkey roasts in the school's Family and Consumer Sciences class and made vegetables, mashed potatoes and several side dishes.
NHS president Alex Prosser said service is one of the organization's four pillars of good character.
"That's what National Honor Society is all about -- being good leaders in the school by reaching out to people" the DHS senior said. "I think it shows that we care."
De Soto Multi-Service Center coordinator Jodi Hitchcock said both Mill Valley and De Soto high school students have been delivering dinners for about three years. Families chosen to receive the meals are usually elderly couples who are homebound or people who would find it difficult to make their own dinners, Hitchcock said.
"The people that have received the meals just love it," she said. "Just as important as the food is having kids come in and say hello. So many of them don't have any young kids in their lives."
DHS senior Kate Beaver said she enjoyed making donations.
"It's also kind of fun to hear back from the families and how they appreciate it," she said. "There are some kids who take things for granted, and with this they can see why it's important to do charity."
Fellow senior Stephen Davidson said there was a reason the National Honor Society completed several charity projects a year.
"It's about morals," he said. "You can learn a lot from helping people and setting a good example."