NHS officers turn Trick-or-Treat Tuesday to teacher goodie bags


Jack Butchart

Sophie Kettenbrink (12) helps NHS make goodie bags for teachers on Oct. 28. “I’m not too much of an artsy person, but I loved being back and doing something small I feel can make a big impact on lives,” said Kettenbrink.

Almost every year, NHS members put together a Trick-or-Treat Tuesday event for children around the community. This year, the plan was to have a drive-thru for kids. The cars would pull up to several stations where different items like candy would be given. 

Since the event was declined by the Mehlville School District due to Covid related problems, the NHS officers came up with a new plan for the members. With the help of NHS adviser Courtney Hausner, the team decided to create goodie bags for the staff members of OHS to show their appreciation. The NHS Trick-or-Treat Tuesday was turned to Teacher Goodie Bags to be handed out on Oct. 30.

I think this will be a positive outreach,” said Isabella Wirthlin (12). “With Covid, teachers and staff are working harder than ever to help students stay engaged and provide the same caliber of education in uncharted waters. We hope this can lift their spirits and sort of give back to them.”

Not only was this a way to bring joy to some of the staff, but it also allowed the NHS members to participate in a project that would have a positive impact on the community around them. Members could either bring candy to be put in the goodie bags or help decorate them. 

“This was good for the NHS staff because we were able to go into the school and get some service hours, which we haven’t been able to do since school was canceled in March,” Drew Ganley (12) said.

“Normally at volunteer events there are a lot of moving parts, but here everyone was sitting down and wearing masks,” Michaela Gindler (11) said. “I felt very comfortable getting some volunteer hours in this way.” 

Many difficulties this school year have forced NHS to cancel many typical events, but it hasn’t stopped them from continuing to push for any chance they can get for volunteering opportunities.