Rho Kappa Honor Society is joining forces with Operation Support Our Troops America to coordinate a care package item drive at Oswego High School from Feb. 21 to March 6.
To participate, students can bring in items to their second period class, with the winning class getting a treat as a prize.
Rho Kappa, the social studies honor society, was inspired to start the drive because of a desire to support the troops.
“It was us getting to really look into what it is to be a veteran,” Kendall said. “They don’t get the privilege of coming home for holidays, they don’t get to see their families all the time, they get bored just like we get bored here.”
Rho Kappa President and senior Alenna Martin Del Campo feels that this drive is their way to give back to those who risk their lives to keep American citizens safe.
“We help those who have helped us,” Del Campo said.
Rho Kappa chose to support Operation Support Our Troops America in Naperville, Ill., a volunteer based non-profit organization, through a service project to focus its aid locally.
“We definitely wanted to make sure it was in the area,” Del Campo said. “I think we picked this place because they were very nice to us when I contacted them.”
Rho Kappa partnered with Operation Support Our Troops this year as a result of a positive experience with last year’s drive. Last year, former president Peyton Raleigh contacted the organization to set up the item drive, and was immediately welcomed. The drive was run exclusively within Rho Kappa last year, and this year it was opened up to the entire school.
“It’s definitely a great experience,” Kendall said. “It’s fairly easy to get in touch with them.”
The drive means a lot to Rho Kappa, as it’s an opportunity to bring the society closer.
“It was a really positive outlook, and it was something everyone in Rho Kappa really enjoyed doing,” Kendall said. “It was something that brought everyone in Rho Kappa together.”
Rho Kappa encourages all students to participate by bringing in a variety of goods for the care packages.
“It’s fairly easy to contribute and it just shows that you care,” Kendall said.
Rho Kappa Vice President and senior Gabriella Curatola explained that the goal can’t be expressed numerically.
“There’s not really anything we are trying to meet,” Curatola said. “We’re just trying to make a difference.”
Rho Kappa hopes that this drive will spread the word about its society, as it is often misunderstood.
“Just a reminder that we are a service-based society, not just an honor society for people that are good at social studies, but we want to branch out and help our community,” Curatola said.Rho Kappa will be running the drive until March 6. Contact Mr. Scott White at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.