National Honor Society hosts walk for End 68 Hours of Hunger

Every school year, Hollis Brookline High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society chooses a local organization to volunteer and raise money for.

For the 2016-17 school year, the society has elected End 68 Hours of Hunger as its organization of choice. The charity provides free meals for students who can’t afford to eat during the time between their last lunch at school on Friday and their first breakfast at school on Monday.

Throughout the year, members will dedicate their time to fundraisers and events to benefit the cause. The effort has already kicked off with a walk-a-thon that occurred Saturday, Oct. 29 at the high school football field.

Prior to the event, students collected pledges from sponsors around the community based on how many laps they promised to do. Some students walked two or three times around the track, while others put in an intense workout. One senior, Rachel Flannagan, pledged 20 laps – and ran all of them!

Even more impressive is the fact that conditions were less than perfect. The walkers had to fight against periodic downpours and chilly breezes, but their spirits were far from dampened. They kept their enthusiasm up with classic rock blaring over the field speakers, apples and candy for munching, and lively conversation.

"There was a sort of pride you felt knowing that you walked and that by doing so, you helped people," NHS member Caitlin Ross said after the event.

The walk-a-thon was a success; turnout was fantastic and the attendees had fun not only logging miles, but dollars.

The members of NHS are looking forward to future fundraising efforts for End 68 Hours of Hunger, and doing other service work all across the community.

"Because (End 68 Hours) has such a specific mission, I think it’s a great way to reach out to the community," NHS President Naomi Goodman said. "I think it’s something we should all be aware of."

If you are interested in contributing to the efforts of this important cause, you can donate at end68hoursof

This column is written by Nicole Poitras, a senior at Hollis Brookline High School. She was among 51 high school journalists representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C., who attended the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference in Washington in June.