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NHS Decorates Valentine’s Day Cards for Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children

On Thursday, Jan. 25, NHS members gathered in Mr. Shaws room after school to make Valentines Day cards for children with rare or undiagnosed illnesses. After reading short profiles on each child, NHS members created cards tailored to the interests and hobbies of each child. The front of the cards [said] Happy Valentines Day,” Rai Makaraju ‘24 said. “One of [the kids] really likes sheep, so I got to draw baby sheep for them and [write] a little message.”
Hannah McDonough
On Thursday, Jan. 25, NHS members gathered in Mr. Shaw’s room after school to make Valentine’s Day cards for children with rare or undiagnosed illnesses. After reading short profiles on each child, NHS members created cards tailored to the interests and hobbies of each child. “The front of the cards [said] Happy Valentine’s Day,” Rai Makaraju ‘24 said. “One of [the kids] really likes sheep, so I got to draw baby sheep for them and [write] a little message.”

On Thursday, Jan. 25, National Honors Society (NHS) members gathered after school in Mr. Shaw’s classroom to decorate Valentine’s Day cards for kids at Cheyanna’s Champions 4 Children, a Texas-based organization dedicated to providing a support system for children with rare or undiagnosed illnesses and their families.

“They [gave us a] list [of] a bunch of kids— young [kids] to teenagers [who are] almost our age— with health conditions who’re in the hospital pretty frequently,” Rai Makaraju ‘24 said. “[We made] Valentine’s cards so that we can send messages to them that are inspiring and just say we care about you.”

NHS received a list of 15 children to make cards for, in total. After looking up each child’s profile, members made five cards apiece specific to the kids’ hobbies and interests. The cards were decorated with song lyrics, drawings, and heart-shaped cutouts, among other decorations.

“I like decorating [the cards] to each kid’s personality and what they like,” Jamie Jefferson ‘24 said. “I put a book on one kid’s card. There’s a kid who likes swimming, so I [drew] water-themed things. Another kid really likes music, so I drew a bunch of music-related stuff.”

The hope is that these cards will uplift the days of each child in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

“I hope [the cards] make them smile,” Makaraju said. “I hope it makes them feel inspired and just like that people care about them and that we’re super proud of them, even if we don’t know them that well.”

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Hannah McDonough, Horizon Assistant Editor
Class of 2024 I am so excited to continue working on the Horizon this year! Aside from writing and reporting, some of my favorite things to do include reading, listening to music, and watching Gilmore Girls.

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