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BEA’s National Honor Society is making a big difference; donates toys from project to St. Paul Children’s Hospital

By Staff | Mar 27, 2016

Movie nights are always a good time, but members of Blue Earth Area’s National Honor Society found a way to make a movie night last week at Kiester’s Kee Theatre even more fun and more impactful to their community.

What was the price of admission? Toys.

The NHS students at BEA were asking for toy donations at their movie event on March 24 to take to the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul on March 26.

They asked each movie night attendee to bring toys such as stuffed animals, small Lego block sets, card games, coloring books and other toys instead of a movie ticket fee. Concession items were also available and the money made from the concessions went to purchasing more toys for the Children’s Hospital.

Shayna Stevermer, a member of the NHS at BEA?High School, says she and the entire NHS?team had been working diligently since February to bring the event to fruition.

She says they worked around the clock to make every piece of the event run smoothly; from making posters to sending thank you’s every NHS member played a part in the planning or executing of the event.

Stevermer says the NHS?advisor at BEA, Ingrid Chrisman, brought the movie night idea after hearing it from a Thrivent member.

“She presented it to us at a meeting and we all ran with it,” says Stevermer.

Another member of the local NHS, Sam Ripley, had a bit of a connection with Thrivent Financial, so starting up the project for the student group went smoothly according to Stevermer.

But really, this project was not about the funding or the details, it was the children.

“This is a great project for us because not only do we get to reach out to children in our own community with this, but we also get to help other children in the Children’s Hospital,” says Stevermer.

She said the children in St. Paul spend a lot of time with the same people in the same space for long periods of time, and hopes that members of the NHS team from BEA will “bring a little joy to their day and the toys will make their hard days a little easier.”

When asked if Stevermer hopes the project will continue in future years, she said it is more about the community.

“My hope for future BEA NHS members is that they simply find ways to affect the community beyond the school. Whether it is through continuing this activity or coming up with their own it is up to them,” says Stevermer. “I do think this is a fun activity with a great cause, but future members should remain open to their own creative ideas and feel free to run with them.”

Chrisman said that the members of the NHS have worked very hard and done tremendous things for the project to work.

The night before the event, more than eight inches of snow fell, but it did not stop the students of the NHS from their event.

“Our NHS?chapter and myself are very proud of what we are doing,” says Stevermer. “I hope that our NHS, which is filled with genuinely kind, caring, friendly people will bring a little joy to the children at the hospital.”

The other students of the NHS involved in the project include Lacy Benz, Adam Buseman, Natali Fellows, Sophia Rotterman, Sam Ripley, Karli Olson, Jared Armon, Kolt Gorg, Hannah Haugh, Anikka Wilhelmi, Paige Darrington, Nyla Anderson, Ryanne Klabunde, and Seth Becker.