Hopi High helps elders during holiday season

Hopi elder Emma Koopee (center) is surrounded by Hopi High NHS students. They are (from left): Truman Nuvakuku, Brannon Sidney, Sharmayne Mike, Justin "Vava J" Secakuku, Meagan Laban and Torri Youvella.

Hopi elder Emma Koopee (center) is surrounded by Hopi High NHS students. They are (from left): Truman Nuvakuku, Brannon Sidney, Sharmayne Mike, Justin "Vava J" Secakuku, Meagan Laban and Torri Youvella.

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi High School's National Honor Society delivered 140 turkeys and the fixings to the elderly Dec. 17.

Carrie Joseph, advisor for Hopi High's NHS, said the students were successful at distributing the turkeys and groceries to about 140 elders, slightly more than they delivered last year. She said they were able to deliver to every village except Moenkopi because of time constraints.

Joseph, who also teaches science at Hopi High, said this year was different because they delivered to the community buildings instead of going to each of the elders' homes.

"The coordinators were receptive to our new delivery method and it worked out well," she said. "The elders had the same response as past years. They appreciated getting the food from the kids and it made the kids feel great."

Joseph said the Village of Walpi sent a basketful of goodies for the students the next day to show their appreciation for the food drive. She said several elders telephoned the school the next day to express their gratitude.

"Our students had a lot of energy when the day started. They were ready to meet and greet the elders, but by the end of the day they were burned out," she said.

Joseph said next year they might want to have an elders' appreciation day on the same day that they deliver the food to the community buildings.

The NHS members delivering the food included Sharmayne Mike, Candice Tso, Latoya Rucker, Justin Secakuku, LeAnna "LeLe" Leyva, Meaghan Laban, Brannon Sidney, April Silas, Clydene Honyouti, Torri Youvella, Dominique Halwood, Whitney Damgaard, Samantha Clah and Truman Nuvakuku.

The Hopi High NHS students were also rewarded with a lunch at the Hopi Cultural Center. Later this month, NHS plans to have a light bulb exchange at one of the Hopi High basketball games where they will ask residents to turn in their outdated light bulbs in exchange for energy efficient light bulbs.

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