NHS backpack program provides for less fortunate

BGHS students involved with NHS dedicate many hours and days of their school year to packing backpacks of food for struggling Bowling Green R-I students and their families. These backpacks are given to the needy students on Friday, or the day before a holiday, and are returned the following school day.

BGHS students involved with NHS dedicate many hours and days of their school year to packing backpacks of food for struggling Bowling Green R-I students and their families. These backpacks are given to the needy students on Friday, or the day before a holiday, and are returned the following school day.

The Bowling Green High School National Honor Society is known as a group of scholars and humanitarians who frequently go the extra mile to help those around them. The now three-year-old “Every child, every day” weekend backpack lunch program has served as a way for NHS members to reach out to the less fortunate of the area.

“A team of 12 students went to the elementary cafeteria once a week where we packed bags with food items for weekends or holiday vacation days for 85 to 95 students,” explained Mary Kay Thomas, sponsor of the National Honor Society at BGHS. “We did this in conjunction with the Ministerial Alliance.”

With a few years under their belts, the NHS members and volunteers are getting the activity down to a science. Although little has changed within the backpack program, Thomas explained they’re happy to continue their efforts.

“Not much has changed since we started except the number of bags we pack have increased each year and we are better organized,” she said.

Thomas is proud to say that her students are quick to come together and readily continue the program’s efforts.

The rest of this story is printed on the front cover of the Aug. 28 edition of the Bowling Green Times. Pick up your copy today!


Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm