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Honor society students roll up sleeves in Capac


'Not So Extreme Home Makeover' projects underway


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The Not So Extreme Home Makeover was the first of its kind for the National Honor Society. photo by Maria Brown.

April 30, 2008
CAPAC — Instead of books and papers, 24 high schoolers found themselves elbow-deep in bushes, dirt and paint.

Members of the National Honor Society held their first 'Not So Extreme Home Makeover' last Wednesday, April 23. Under the direction of advisor Lorraine Amstutz, the students helped Neeper St. resident Isabella Steaban spruce up her home and yard in time for spring.

Amstutz said the teens came up with the idea themselves, modeling it after similar 'Paint the Town' campaigns.

"These kids are very responsible and take initiative," Amstutz said.

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"They're ready to come back in May to plant flowers."

The home makeover is just the newest accomplishment the honor society can add to their long list of annual service projects.

"We give back to the community through service," said Katie Thacker, the society's incoming president.

She listed off others—assisting with blood drives,

collecting donations for March of Dimes and other organizations, Adopt a Highway programs, after school tutoring and much more.

National Honor Society members are required to perform 15 hours of community service.

"They're encouraged to not just do the minimum," Amstutz said.

Service is one of the tenants of the honor society's creed. That, along with scholarship, leadership and character, Thacker said.

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