National Honor Society adapts tutoring, meetings to virtual environments

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Junior Jay Kannan adds to the donations in the NHS’ shoe drive.

This school year National Honor Society (NHS) is adapting to virtual learning by having online meetings, as well as implementing a plan to best imitate the environment of in-person tutoring between club members and students.

In order to adapt to virtual learning, NHS has had to change their approach to how the club gets together. Prior to the pandemic, NHS would meet a few times a month in the gym during lunch, but now the club has been forced to adjust. Currently, NHS meets once a month through Zoom, while the board members meet in a smaller conference twice a month, according to senior president Arzoe Singh.

NHS is a large club of over 200 members who have several opportunities to get involved in the community. Numerous events occur that members have the opportunity to take part in. Last school year, members participated in fundraisers for charities monthly or bimonthly, according to junior board member Ryan Binder.

NHS offers other services to the community in addition to charity fundraising. Members have the opportunity to work with other clubs to tutor students in subjects that they may be struggling with. NHS works with Homework Club to provide students with assistance in areas of math, science and English. according to Binder.

NHS has had to change their approach to provide tutoring as a result of virtual learning. Previously, NHS members would visit the Homework Club in a designated classroom after school and provide assistance to students in need. This year, “Students can request tutoring by going through our website and using the tutor request form,” Singh said.

In addition to changing their approach to tutoring, NHS has had to adjust its monthly meetings due to the fact that they now take place on Zoom. During a typical NHS meeting, the club sponsors, along with student board members, give an overview of what will actually occur during the meeting, and what members should be looking forward to. New to Zoom, the meeting host can put members into a breakout room with one club sponsor or board member in charge to discuss upcoming fundraisers as well as tutoring opportunities, according to junior Nate Jacobs.

NHS is a club that aims to help the community become safer and more connected in any way possible. Once a student is accepted into NHS, club sponsors and senior board members send out a message explaining what the meaning behind the club is, as well as why it is important to be a part of. The overall goal for each member is to learn and improve upon the four pillars – leadership, scholarship and service – and “be able to apply those in our lives,” according to Singh.