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Lakota West National Honor Society Donates $6,000 to Family Promise of Butler County

Lakota West National Honor Society Donates $6,000 to Family Promise of Butler County

The Lakota West High School National Honor Society (NHS) supports charitable organizations each year with the proceeds raised at its annual Sadie Hawkins dance.

This year, the group selected Family Promise of Butler County (FPBC) as the recipient of the $6,000 raised from the spring dance. “In some years, we have given (our proceeds) to one charity and (in) other years we have split it between two charities,” said the group’s advisor, Marian Weber. “The decision (is made) by the NHS officers and/or members.”

Each year, the NHS officers research charitable organizations to determine which one(s) they’d like to support. They enlist the help of Weber when making the final decisions. “Our goal is to serve our own community,” said Weber. “Service is a pillar of NHS, and the officers and membership as a whole value serving others. The idea of lifting up others within our community meant a great deal to all.”

FPBC is one of over 200 affiliates of the national organization. Its mission is “to empower families, who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness, to build a sustainable foundation of independence through a continuum of support services.” 

According to Weber, the fact that the organization makes a commitment to keep families together instead of arranging for separate placement appealed to the students tremendously. She added, “(FPBC) offers stabilization programs once the families have secured housing to ensure they remain independent. This charity felt attractive because they address the whole family and come full circle with their stabilization program. The idea of children being homeless and a family being separated captured the hearts of the officers.”