By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY — Catholic Schools Week can get a little silly, a bit off the wall, and possibly downright wacky. At Archbishop O’Hara High School, the silly, off the wall wackiness was all for a good cause.
Coordinated by the National Honor Society, each day was a “Time Travel” day: Monday, the 1960’s, Tuesday, the ‘70s, Wednesday the’80s, Thursday the ‘90s and Friday was “Grease Day.” By bringing in 3 cans of non-perishable food or a $3 donation, students were allowed to dress in outfits reminiscent of those by-gone days. On “Grease Day,” they could dress as their favorite character in the movie, “Grease.” The week culminated in Court-warming festivities.
Junior Laci Haggenga was in charge of the flyers advertising the food drive and Rachael Seaver, also a junior, designed the decorations for the week.
On Feb. 10, senior Nick McCracken, president of the NHS chapter at O’Hara, presented Hannah Brockway, Catholic Charities Volunteer Coordinator, with a check for $800 and 250 pounds of canned goods.
The food drive was one of two annual projects for NHS. In the fall, members collected underwear for the children at Operation Breakthrough.
McCracken said NHS is not just a group of juniors and senior with high grades. It is a national organization that performs service projects for the benefit of society, in other words helping those in need, both in school and out. NHS members help with Court-warming and with the Baccalaureate Mass each spring. They also provide service to their school and community. “Members of NHS must excel in both academics and service sand show leadership qualities,” he said, adding that O’Hara has at least four or five service organizations that students can join.
McCracken will be attending Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla this fall. He is considering majoring in aerospace technology.
Susan Ambrose teaches physics and serves as faculty advisor for the National Honor Society chapter. She said that when NHS member began discussing the project, the group leaned toward raising funds and donations to Catholic Charities TurnAround program, but when Brockway was consulted, she said the food pantry and emergency assistance programs really needed help.
“Archbishop O’Hara students are more than willing to help out when it helps people in the Kansas City community,” Ambrose said.
And help out, they did. Brockway said the funds and the food will provide in-kind emergency assistance to Catholic Charities clients.