The course, offered for the first time this year, consists of students who are all interested in going into teaching. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the students learn in the classroom at NHS. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the students work in classrooms at Meridian and Staunton.
The students in the course decided they wanted to do a service-learning project to benefit Meridian and Staunton, so they came up with a project called Santa's Helpers. The students decorated Christmas-themed boxes and set them up around the school. They encouraged fellow NHS students to bring in educational books, puzzles, flash cards and coloring books to be donated to the two schools.
Once the project was complete, the students organized the materials based on grade level.
Overall, they were able to fill six boxes full of donations for each school.
Juniors Bailey Lumsdom and Lindsey Potter said they were excited for the project.
"We knew we wanted to do an educational project," Lumsdom said.
Potter said working in the classrooms allowed the students to see the need for donations.
"Once we got involved in the classes we saw what they needed," Potter said.
Lumsdom and Potter both feel good about the positive response from NHS students.
"NHS does a lot of projects like this," Lumsdom said. "It makes me glad that the other students are just as concerned with children's education as we are."
"The school is always great at giving," Potter said.
Potter, who works with second-grade students, and Lumsdom, who works with a kindergarten class, are both thankful for the class and the opportunity to learn about teaching.
"My mom's a teacher and she influenced me," Potter said. "This class allowed me to explore that career path. It's a great class to take if you're thinking about teaching."
Lumsdom said she is happy about the results of the project.
"It is great getting to see the end result," Lumsdom said.
Meridian Principal Karen Phillips and Staunton Principal Sheryl Jordan met with the students to collect the donations Tuesday.
Both principals said they were happy and thankful to receive the donations.