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Nonnewaug National Honor Society Raises $315 for Hurricane Relief

The Nonnewaug High School National Honor Society raised $315 for the American Red Cross’s hurricane relief efforts during its September 21 blood drive. Pictured from left to right are chapter Community Service Pillar Tess Pollins, Faculty Advisor Melissa Hodges, and Chapter President Peter Rickenbach.

WOODBURY – The National Honor Society at Nonnewaug High School saw the opportunity to raise funds for the ongoing hurricane relief efforts during its blood drive last Thursday.
And on Monday, National Honor Society faculty advisor Melissa Hodges delivered a check for $315 to the American Red Cross’s state headquarters in Farmington.

“[Chapter Community Service Pillar] Tess Pollins approached me after we set up the blood drive and noted there have been a lot of hurricanes this season, and a lot of devastation,” Hodges said. “We wanted to raise some extra funds given the American Red Cross was already going to be here.”

Signage for the in-school blood drive and fundraiser indicated that the fundraiser was for those affected by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Hodges added that they were printed up before Maria hit and caused such devastation to Puerto Rico.

“We were just excited to get whatever extra money we could,” Hodges said.

Pollins also serves on the Part of the Governor’s Youth Council with seven other high school students from around the state. She said she got the idea to raise funds at Nonnewaug because the council was doing it as a statewide effort.

“I figured since we are doing it there, we might as well bring it to our school,” Pollins said.
In addition to the finds raised, 27 Nonnewaug students and faculty members gave blood. The blood drive was limited to students and faculty to keep a herd of people coming through the hallway during the school day, Hodges said.

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