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Hohenfels Students Recognized for Refugee Service Project

Will Griffin, DoDEA Europe Public Affairs
Hohenfels | June 8, 2016

Hohenfels NHS/NJHS students recently led a clothing drive for refugees in Germany.
Hohenfels NHS/NJHS students recently led a clothing drive for refugees in Germany.

HOHENFELS, Germany –Over the past several months, hundreds of thousands of migrants from war-torn areas of the Middle East and Southwest Asia have made their way to Europe seeking safety, refute and the opportunity to start a new life.  A great number of these migrants arrived in Germany, many fleeing with only the clothes on their backs.

Students from Hohenfels Middle/High School's National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters saw the opportunity to help and were recently recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and National Honor Society for a service project that brought much needed clothing and household items to Syrian refugees in Germany.

Thanks to the motivation of these students, what began as a group project quickly gained the support of the Hohenfels military community.  Throughout October and November, 2015, students collected, cleaned, sorted and prepared the items.  The donations were distributed in early December by local refugee relief volunteers. 

Hohenfels student Jacob Nantz said, "The project was planned to take place before the start of the harsh German winter, so our efforts were targeted towards making [the refugees'] transition here comfortable."

The impact of this project went beyond just helping those in need, according to volunteer and military family member Christina Pride.

"The students will be able to reflect back on their time in Europe within the broader context of the migrant crisis and remember the immediate effect their efforts had on men, women and children –not on some distant shores, but in our own community," said Pride.

"I'm very proud of what these students accomplished," said Lydia DeJesus, faculty adviser for Hohenfels' NHS chapter.

"They saw a need in our local area - an at-risk population that was in dire need of assistance - and they took action.  It was inspiring to the community to be a part of it," said DeJesus.

Each year the NASSP/NHS selects six outstanding projects submitted from the more than 25,000 NHS/NJHS chapters across the nation and DoDEA schools overseas.

Hohenfels NHS/NJHS students carry donated clothing and household items for distribution to refugees in Germany.
Hohenfels NHS/NJHS students carry donated clothing and household items for distribution to refugees in Germany. | Photo:

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