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National English Honor Society begins its book drive

Ell Macias
The NEHS book drive offers an opportunity for students to donate any unused books, giving them a new home.

Metea Valley’s National English Honor Society kicks off its book drive today, February 7, through the 16. Throughout the Book Drive, students will have the opportunity to drop off new or gently used children’s books in the Book Drive bins, located in all English classrooms.

Books collected will be sent to a local nonprofit organization, Bernie’s Books. Donations collected by Bernie’s Books will be distributed to local schools within the community.

President of the Metea English Honor Society Aryanna Mong believes the drive is a good way to give back to the community, especially after the holidays.

“As we are all teenagers at this point, we don’t use children’s books,” Mong said. “This book drive helps repurpose books that we don’t need anymore.”

The whole NEHS executive board has an impactful role in the organization of the book drive. Executive board members involved include Vice President Sampriti Padmanaban, Secretary Nilaya Badam, Community Service Chairs Himakshi Upadhyay and Shreekruthi Charagondla, ELA Activities Chair Irene Bobby, and Public Relations and Records Chair Anagha Surampalli.

Mong noted the determination of all members of the board to organize the drive.

“The whole board has been working really hard from the beginning of the year,” Mong said. “This is an event we hope to make annual.”

With help from staff at Metea, the book drive has been successfully publicized to all students.

“Mainly we are using the English teachers to promote the drive,” Mong said. “We are currently in contact with Assistant Activities Director and Social Studies Teacher Heather Weisenburger to help put flyers up around the school and on the TVs.”

In addition to the book drive, the honors society has put on other events and fundraisers. One event included their Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) volunteer opportunity. Other fundraisers include a Portillo’s fundraiser which had 20% of all sales going towards NEHS directly.

If you would like to participate in the NEHS Book Drive, contact any member of the NEHS board for more information.

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Isabelle Leofanti is a junior and is in her second year on The Stampede as the headlines editor. She is on both the varsity soccer team and varsity swim team here at Metea Valley. In her limited free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, traveling, shopping, and reading. She is also actively involved in Captains Council, Filling Hearts With Hope, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society, and National English Honors Society.
Bella Sieben is a junior and this is her first year writing for The Stampede as a headlines reporter. She is in both varsity track and field and on the cross-country team at Metea Valley. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and volunteering at church. She is also actively involved in Captain's Council, Life Leaders, Filling Hearts With Hope, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Unicef, and Peer Partners. 
This is Ell’s first year of being a part of the Visuals team on the Newspaper staff. They have a passion for capturing candid moments in photography, which is what motivated them to work in their section. Typically, they are painting, sketching, or working on dioramas during their downtime and will never beat the artist stereotype of carrying a sketchbook everywhere they go. Furthermore, they will never turn down the opportunity to talk about goth bands.

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