LEONARDTOWN, Maryland — Members of the Leonardtown High School National Honor Society helped prepare and deliver meals to a residential homes that help the disabled lead independent lives on Sunday.

The group’s advisor, teacher Cortney Watson, said the students are on a mission to “bet the light for others” this year and this was the perfect opportunity to help out.

The students chose to partner with The Arc of Southern Maryland, which provides services to help those with different abilities lead independent lives. 

Watson said, “The national honor society students at LHS have been charged this year with being creative in their efforts to serve their community. Where we normally have several group activities they can participate in/“sponsored” events with groups of students attending, this year, of course, looks different.”

Student Leric Scriber, the Junior Representative for the LHS National Honor Society Chapter, said this wasn’t her first time helping out the organization. “I have previously delivered a meal to an ARC Residency home and thought of them when my NHS Advisor tasked us with finding organizations needing assistance during this holiday season. It was also a great way to help out in the community during the pandemic.”

Leric said she enjoys cooking, so making ziti and green beans for the residents was fun. “Delivering the meal was easy and the workers who greeted us were welcoming.” The cheerleader and James A. Forrest Technical Center dental assistant student says  everyone can be a light. “There are many needs within our community to help and give back. Factor in the pandemic, that demand has grown significantly and everyone should work together to do their part.”

Cortney Watson said the Leonardtown NHS students are actively working to be a light. “The NHS students have amazed me in the ways they have chosen to serve their community. The students organized neighborhood food and book drives, volunteer in their neighborhoods and for community organizations, participate in Red Cross blood drives, and work on Eagle Scout projects.

The students have been especially busy during the holiday season according to Watson. “We also had students do a “drive by” holiday greeting at cedar lane, participate it be county wide effort to write letters to senior citizens, create a “Letter to Santa” mailbox in their neighborhood to which they responded and sent letters back, donated needed items to the veterans center, and created a reverse advent calendar where they collected items every day to donate to Gods house of Refuge or the mission.”

“These students work hard and I am always amazed by their spirit of giving.”