It is that time of year again – there is excitement in the air as the holiday season approaches. It is the final countdown to winter break, with evidence of holiday cheer all around school.  The Holiday Concert was a hit (as it always is!), students and teachers will be caroling in the Gallery the Friday before break, everyone will love this year’s rendition of “The Grinch” as performed by the senior class, and National Honor Society (NHS) is busy selling candy grams.

Candy grams are special messages that students and faculty send to their friends, students, teachers, or co-workers.  Each message is written on a colorful slip of paper and includes a candy cane.  NHS has been selling them since 2000, when Lisa Nazar launched the campaign as part of the NHS charter to support the community though charitable work.  Over the years, the money raised has gone to local charities, including Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Susquehanna Service Dogs.  Typically, NHS raises between $250 and $500 to donate to the year’s charity.

This year, the money raised will be donated to Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg, a soup kitchen located in the Boyd Building of the Presbyterian Church on Pine Street that provides hot, nutritious meals for the needy and the homeless of the city.  The soup kitchen was opened in March of 1983 and serves meals daily.  On Thursday, NHS students will sort the messages and put them in a bag for each recipient.  They will be delivered on Friday for everyone to take home and enjoy over the break.