The National Honors Society (NHS) at DHS is always aiming to help people all over the community through volunteering and fundraisers. Whenever the holiday season comes around, NHS finds a way to raise money in a way that not only benefits their chosen organization, but also the students here at DHS.
From Dec. 3 to Dec. 13, during both lunches, members of NHS are selling candy grams. A candy gram consists of both a candy cane dressed up as a reindeer and a note to the student who will receive it. At lunch, one student will purchase one or more candy grams, at $1 each, for their friend to receive during their third hour on Friday, Dec. 14. Most students like to keep their purchase a secret from their friend until it is delivered to them. Others like to stay completely anonymous and keep the sender of the candy gram a mystery.
NHS Vice President, senior Clare Hyde, sees the benefits of the candy gram fundraiser to the students at DHS.
“I think it’s a great way to raise money because it’s spreading joy throughout the Christmas season,” Hyde said. “That’s what the Christmas season is supposed to be about: telling people and making sure that they know that you care about them and that they’re important to you.”
The same idea that is achieved through the candy gram fundraiser is also the philosophy of NHS to the community.
“NHS is about spreading our wealth, I guess you could say,” Hyde said. “Whether it’s through knowledge or through emotions or feelings or whatnot through the community and through our school.”
The original sale of candy grams was going to end on Dec. 7 but was extended for an entire week because of the success of prior sales.
“It was extended in order to raise more money for the Adopt-a-Family,” Hyde said. “We knew we could get more [money]. The sales did very, very well last week. And yes, they’re continuing. They are picking up speed tremendously.”