NAHS MISSION STATEMENT
Our Mission as an NAHS Chapter is:
To beautify our school.
Take pride in our artwork.
To make the community aware of aesthetic quality.
To continually express ourselves through our artwork.
This year Elkton High School’s National Art Honor Society, chapter 2717, has nearly doubled in size. This branch of the organization, which was officially established last school year, has been working hard to get recognized by the school and the student body as a legitimate organization. So far we have been successful. Last year our members were focused on improving the school atmosphere by painting ceiling tiles for teachers’ rooms, an act which not only made the building look more lively but raised $130 in funds for our chapter.
This year we’re not only working hard to make the school look more inviting, we’re also extending our services to the community. Earlier in the year we launched a mural design contest for the cafeteria’s back wall. The winning design, a large purple elk with it’s mouth open around the garbage disposal unit, invites students to get rid of their trash. We discovered that when we invite the rest of the school to get involved in a project, such as this, we pull design submissions from a diverse mix of students - everyone wanted to be a part of it. Students spent approximately 100 hours to make this mural. The plan is to utilize this same idea again, as we’ve been asked to refurbish the large elk statue that once sat out front of the school; if the design is decided by the student body, it’s their idea, and it helps them take ownership.
Other things planned by the chapter this year include mentoring and holding after school art sessions at the middle school, selling and exhibiting artwork at a local bank, and organizing a Relay for Life team to raise money for cancer research. We’re still in our startup phase, and as the saying goes, “You have to help yourself before you can help others”, meaning we need to be organized and motivated and funded before we can start raising money for charities and other organizations, and I’m sure that by next year we’ll be at that point.
By Historian Steph Sturgeon
From the Historian
NAHS News publishes the NAHS historian's two chapter reports a year, once in November and again in March. They also will be posted below.