Activities of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are intended to reflect the same criteria the organization has set as its basis for membership: character, citizenship, leadership, scholarship and service. Members of NJHS may be second-semester sixth graders through ninth graders, and the activities reflect the interests and abilities of this age group accordingly.

Promoting Academic Achievement

NJHS members may volunteer to stay after school to tutor fellow students, sponsor school book drives, or hold study-thons prior to major tests like standardized state testing or finals.

Raising Money for Charitable Organizations

NJHS members often stage events to raise money for charitable causes. Popular activities include holding canned food drives, organizing chili and spaghetti dinners, and hosting coffeehouses featuring student performers or karaoke nights. Hebron (Indiana) NJHS middle-schoolers hosted a haunted house at Halloween that took in over $2,700 to help buy Christmas gifts for needy families in the community. The group is also well on its way toward collecting 1 million soda can tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

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Practicing Good Citizenship

Some groups have assembled care packages to send to troops serving overseas. Students at Bonita Springs (Florida) Middle School planted 42 trees to benefit and beautify the environment on Arbor Day, volunteering 12 hours a week thereafter to maintain and water them during a subsequent drought.

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