Polacca, Ariz. – The seventh annual Hopi High School National Honor Society (NHS) Food Drive for the elderly is underway. The Hopi High NHS is accepting canned and boxed food until Dec. 17.
The food will be packaged Dec. 18-19 and delivered to Hopi elders Dec. 20. Last year, the Hopi High NHS delivered a record 195 food boxes to Hopi elders.
Food donations can be dropped at the Hopi Tribe’s government complex, Kykotsmovi Store, Secakuku Store, Circle M, Hopi Health Care Center, Polacca Community Building, Keams Canyon Store and Hopi Junior/Senior High School.
Darlene Leslie, secretary for Hopi High NHS, said she feels that NHS is setting a good example for the other students by helping the elderly.
Thomas Mentzer, head of the science department and NHS sponsor, said he is always excited about this event and this year is different because all the members working on the project this year are experiencing the food drive for the first time.
Dr. Paul Reynolds, superintendent of Hopi Junior/Senior High School, said this is an outstanding program and that the students are being coached in the right direction to see that the elderly are helped in their time of need.
“These Hopi High School students have a sincere concern for the elderly and it shows that they are good citizens,” he said. “It shows they have a desire to lend assistance where needed.”
Dr. Reynolds praised Mentzer for being a concerned educator and a concerned citizen.
“With his citizenship, it shows the students what they need to focus on,” he said.