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National Honor Society invites junior high students to join them in an afternoon of laser tag

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[March 07, 2013]  Not too long ago, the Lincoln Community High School National Honor Society received a surprise donation from Verallia-Saint Gobain Containers, more commonly known by folks in Lincoln as "the bottle factory."

National Honor Society advisers Dawn Burton and Judy Dopp explained Tuesday afternoon that the donation had come as quite a surprise. Dopp said that St. Gobain had contacted the NHS, saying they knew that the society does a lot of good work in the community and the company wanted to help them in their efforts with a monetary donation.

The NHS does do a lot in the community. Each year the kids participate in various community events such as the annual Relay For Life, the Community Health Fair at the park district, the park district's Easter egg hunt, and this year the Middletown 5K put on by New Holland-Middletown Community Supports Education.

Dopp said there were no stipulations as to what project the students put the money into, so they met and made a decision to throw a social event for the junior high students who will eventually attend Lincoln High School. The event Saturday afternoon will run from 2 to 4 and is open to students in grades six through eight from Carroll Catholic, Chester-East Lincoln, Lincoln Junior High, West-Lincoln Broadwell and Zion Lutheran schools.

NHS student president Maggie Cusey said the group wanted to do some kind of outreach for the young people who would one day be a part of NHS. The students wanted to raise awareness of the National Honor Society and at the same time do something that's fun. Cusey said they considered a few options, including paintball and other events, but in the end they chose laser tag.

The laser tag games will be provided by George and Cindy Backstein of the Springfield area. Cusey said they are the only ones in the area who offer the games and that the games are safe and a lot of fun for the kids.

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The money received from St. Gobain went to pay for the games to be brought to Lincoln, and covers the cost of the space rental at the Lincoln Park District. Dopp added that the park district also helped out a bunch by giving the NHS the use of their indoor play space at a greatly reduced price.

There is still a fee to play, students who participate in tag will be charged $4 for the first game and $2 for each additional game.

In addition to the laser tag, the afternoon event will include volleyball, a free throw contest, a bracelet-making class and of course food. Daniel Bacon of the NHS is in charge of the food committee and said there will be pizza, rice crispy treats, popcorn, cookies and water.  Items will be sold at $1 each.

This year the National Honor Society is boasting 64 members. According to Dopp, this is more than double what it has been in past years. To be a member of the NHS, a student has to qualify. Students are eligible only in their junior and senior years and must excel academically. In addition, they must display that they are well-rounded students of outstanding character with a variety of interests and abilities, and they have to commit to doing community service work during their NHS career, as decided upon by the full group. Students who meet the requirements are invited to apply to the society. Their acceptance is determined by a faculty council who considers all their attributes before making them a part of the group.


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