NJHS April Newsletter April 11, 2019 March of Dimes: Mrs. Wilson is over March of Dimes and can offer service hours for NJHS members through this program—see Mrs. Wilson if you are interested. Run for 51: Members were required to sign up, get two additional people outside of NJHS to participate somehow with Run for 51, and members are required to participate on Saturday, April 27th. Because all money goes to support two nonprofit organizations, Safe Harbor and Mary’s House. Safe Harbor offers a continuum of services, providing safe emergency shelter, counseling, assistance with orders of protection, and transitional housing, as well as teen dating violence education and community outreach in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee counties. When you give to Safe Harbor, 89.8 cents of every dollar goes directly to Safe Harbor’s prevention and intervention services to break the cycle of domestic violence in the Upstate of South Carolina. This is a great way for our 8th grade LEADERS to reach out to others and share a purpose in our community. Mary’s House MARYS House provides emergency safe shelter for families who are victims of domestic violence. While providing a safe place to stay and also provide food, clothing, personal hygiene items, counseling, resources and referrals according to individual needs. During the stay at our shelter, each client works with our professional staff to identify needs and set goals. Clients receive individual and group counseling, case management, referrals, advocacy, and all basic living necessities during their shelter stay. Follow-up support is available and encouraged for clients who have completed their stay. All services are free of charge for victims and their children. MARYS Hope is a transitional program to assist in regaining independence. Hope will help start a new life with self-confidence, a life free from abuse. Hope assists individuals in building self-esteem with education and employment assistance, teaches budgeting and socialization skills. Hope also offers workshops, support groups and Bible studies, along with a variety of classes and therapies to develop healthy life coping skills. Members who get more than two additional participants will be able to count it as an NJHS activity or outside hour. It will be your choice.—Have your service log with you when you pick up your t-shirts. If you do not have your service log, it will not be signed later. The race shirts are WHITE this year, and you will pick them up on Thursday, April 25 or Friday, April 26. Members can still register for the run--registration is $25.00 however, registries do not get a race shirt; though, will count towards the requirements and extra service hours. Sign-ups to help with the race will be posted Tuesday afternoon (April 23). On the day of the race, participants will have to check in at the registration table between 9:30 and 9:50am. Failure to check in will result in you not getting credit for the race…registered or not! Workers will arrive at their assigned time—be sure to note the assigned time when you sign up. Before leaving after the run—ALL members much check with their NJHS officer. EVERYONE will help clean up before leaving—officers will dismiss the group once all cleaning has been complete. This is going to be a GREAT, FUN and meaningful event making us all aware that domestic violence, sadly, exists too close to us. Together, we make a difference for victims of domestic violence and their children, providing them with safety and resources, helping them to heal, and giving them the support they need to start new lives free of domestic violence. Currently we have 235 people signed up for the run. COMING UP Saturday, April 27th - "Run for 51" raising money and awareness for Safe Harbor and Mary’s House, domestic abuse non-profit organizations and in memory of Daniel Smith. May 1st-4th (1st week)—Teacher appreciation gifts to be brought, then a drawing will be held for the teachers and gifts will be delivered starting Friday, May 4. Gifts need to be $5 or more, and can be gift cards (Starbucks, Chic-fil-a, Copper River etc.), supplies (Pens, Post Its etc.), flowers, candy… Bring gifts along with service log to Mrs. Hamlett May 3rd service log complete and turned in—date is on the service log May 9th Final NJHS meeting May 23rd End of year trip to elementary schools for those in good standing and completed all requirements of NJHS and fill out the application. May 24th 8th grade day May 27th leave for Disney **Don’t forget, if you need to make up for a missed activity (mandatory or optional), you can propose and complete a project of your own. Fill out the project proposal form located on the NJHS site. Fill this out soon so that you have time to complete the project before the May 4th deadline.