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CSHS National Honor Society Collects Cereal for Charity

Jan 22, 2016 07:59AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Max Perry, CSHS junior, and a collection of more than 1,200 cereal boxes

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for those less fortunate, it’s not always a guarantee. National Honor Society (NHS) members at Carroll Senior High wanted to do something to change that. For the first 10 days back to school after winter break, NHS students hosted a cereal drive benefitting the Battered Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit that offers long-term support for victims of domestic violence.

Junior Max Perry organized the collection, which brought in boxes and boxes—1,275 to be exact—of all different kinds of cereal. A truckload of cereal arrived at the Foundation on Martin Luther King Day. We caught up with Perry to learn more about the drive and the giving spirit of the CSHS NHS.

Southlake Style: Why did CSHS NHS choose to assist the Battered Women’s Foundation?

Perry: After speaking with a volunteer at the Battered Women’s Foundation (BWF) and hearing about their needs, I decided to start a cereal drive at the beginning of 2016. I spoke with Karen Knight, a sponsor of NHS at CSHS, and she was happy to let me proceed.

SS: Did the nonprofit request cereal in particular?

Perry: There is a need for so many things at every nonprofit. Several people from the BWF described the cereal that they were giving to families as “brown sawdust.” They went crazy with the notion of having their pantry filled with brightly colored boxes to put smiles on the kids’ faces. I haven’t seen so many people excited to see a box of Apple Jacks! 

SS: Is this the first year for CSHS NHS to do this drive?

Perry: CSHS NHS has done cereal drives in the past. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to fill the anticipated low pantries. 

SS: How many NHS members participated?

Perry: More than I ever could have anticipated. The turnout was a great surprise.  I loved the way the CSHS NHS student community backed this great cause.

SS: What was the experience like overall?

Perry: My overall experience was great. I knew that the CSHS NHS community was hardworking and generous, but I was genuinely surprised that we were able to donate more than 1,200 boxes of cereal. During lunch and after school there were always NHS students helping me carry the boxes to my car. When I saw the BWF’s faces light up as they saw the cereal, I knew the hard work paid off. I am definitely looking forward to doing it next year. 

SS: Anything else you’d like to say?

Perry: Karen Knight, CSHS teacher and NHS advisor, allowed me to do this project. Without allowing us to use her room, it could not have happened.