North’s National Honor Society is giving back

Nashua High School North chapter of National Honor Society students, from left, sophomore and National Honor Society treasurer Kyle Deck, junior Lillian Jin and senior Varun Lingadal, sell tickets to the community for the N68 Pasta Party on Wednesday.

NASHUA – Nashua High School North’s North Star Cafe was filled with pasta, people and plenty of refreshments Wednesday evening to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end hunger for students.

Sixty-eight hours refers to the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the time they eat free lunch at school on Friday afternoon until they get free breakfast at school Monday morning. Funds received by End 68 Hours of Hunger go toward closing this gap by giving nourishing food to school children to help them through the weekend.

The cost of a bag of food for a student, which provides two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners, costs $10 each week.

The event, called N68 Pasta Party, was hosted by National Honor Society students with the help of North’s culinary program.

The event took place during parent-teacher conferences. Tickets were available for purchase at the door for $10 per adult and $7 per child. Proceeds are going to End 68 Hours of Hunger.

Aside from being able to dig into mountains of pasta and refreshments, a restaurant gift card raffle also took place.

National Honor Society adviser Sarah Buckens said as part of the club’s service requirement, members work with various organizations. After wanting to change which organizations they were serving, Buckens said the students began nominating organizations to receive donations. They ultimately chose End 68 because they wanted to give back directly to their community, she said.

“We send kids once a month to do packaging and inventory for (End 68); whatever they need,” Buckens said.

Buckens said the National Honor Society has generally hosted a dinner during the parent-teacher conferences in spring.

Sophomores and juniors hosted the event, along with seniors who are looking to fill leadership roles.

Senior and President of National Honor Society Adam Landry said events such as this allow everyone to work together for the benefit of the community.

“It’s really nice to be able to get a lot of students involved,” Landry added.

End 68 Hours Coordinators Jenn Morton and Melissa Baxter attended Wednesday’s festivities to enjoy a tasty dinner with their children, while giving thanks for all the work the National Honors Society does for their organization. Morton said North’s chapter of the National Honor Society has been a huge help to the organization.

“It’s really inspiring to see high school students who are willing to give back to their community,” Morton said.

Baxter also expressed gratitude. “This is a great event,” Baxter said.

She said it has been helpful to have students help with the inventory and organizing food.

Morton said all proceeds will go back to the End 68 program for food, as needed.

Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.