Throughout the school year, Archbishop Williams National Honor Society students are involved in many volunteer and service projects. This past Christmas season, Williams NHS completed “The Point of Christmas”, a project at Clifford Marshall Elementary School in Quincy. This ongoing project is designed to serve needy families from the Clifford Marshall community through the donation of Christmas gifts and food. Williams NHS students fundraise, organize, collect, purchase and deliver all the items and food for this project.
To make this project a success, Archbishop Williams NHS students started fundraising at the beginning of the school year. The money raised, paired with gift donations tailored towards each adopted family, goes to providing a better holiday for eight families who have students at the School. In addition to gifts, food baskets and a Christmas turkey are given for each family. Williams NHS Advisor Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley commented, “Our NHS members go out and purchase the items, I am always impressed with how our students stretch dollars and give unselfishly of their own funds to complete the gift lists. Many of our NHS members go above and beyond and purchase more things for the children.”
With Director of Campus Ministry David Gilpin at the wheel of the Williams’ van, the students delivered the goods to the School one week before Christmas. Traveling to the elementary school and delivering the packages to the families in person really drove home the meaning and spirit of service to the Archbishop Williams NHS students.
After the project, Mrs. DeRosa-Coakley received a letter of appreciation from Marshall School Principal Nicholas J. Ahearn who thanked the students for their efforts and applauded their spirit of service. Ahearn wrote, “The commitment that the Archbishop Williams community makes to servicing those in need is more than evident in the actions of your students and staff. I could not be more proud to know that students from the surrounding towns as well as Quincy place this level of importance on helping others in their neighborhood.” Ahearn added, “One parent in particular commented that, her children would have Christmas this year because of our donation.”
With the success of this project the Williams’ NHS has embarked on a similar project for this Lenten season. Specifically, the students are partnering with the D.O.V.E. project, collecting items for shelters by filling backpacks for families affected by domestic violence.
Said Archbishop Williams President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. Esq. ’70, on the impact and importance of the National Honor Society projects completed throughout the year, “Once again, our students demonstrate unflagging generosity towards the community in which they live. Giving not only of their time but also their financial resources to aid others in need is truly inspiring. Our NHS students epitomize the ‘leaders who serve’ we seek to graduate.”
Membership in Archbishop Williams National Honor Society is based on the four criteria of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Students are eligible provided they have attained a minimum GPA of 3.40 at the end of sophomore year. In addition to academic standing, candidates are evaluated for their character, service and leadership.
NHS Students, Jenna Troderman, Matt McCaughey, Kiera Dwyer,
Jared Hudgins, and Jessica Lai delivering packages for "The Point of Christmas" service project