National Junior Honor Society ~ Frequently Asked Questions
There were many interesting questions asked at the last meeting. I will update these FAQs as more questions
are asked, but here are the answers to the questions I remember off the top of my head.
1- Do sports, performances and other after school activities count as service hours?
No, they do not. As a member of NJHS you are required to be a member of another after
school group or activity, but this is IN ADDITION to your service hours. Performances,
sporting events and other activities associated with your extra-curricular activity do not
count as your service hours.
2- Does helping my parent or guardian count? What if they are doing something for PTSS and I help
Absolutely! If you’re helping someone OUTSIDE of your afterschool activity, then that will
definitely count! Just make sure and get the required letter from the website, or from the
NJHS wall so that your time will count.
If, for instance, your parent is bringing equipment to your soccer game and you’re
helping…unfortunately that won’t count. Your service has to be for something beyond
what you’re involved in.
3- I’ve never volunteered before. What can I do to get my service hours?
Well, first of all make sure you come to our meetings. For every NJHS meeting you will
earn 30 minutes to go toward your required 5 hours of in-school service. Normally we’ll
have an event mixed with a brief meeting, so it’s important that you SIGN IN and you’re
Some other great ways to get some in-school service hours are listed below:
Volunteer to say the Pledge at the PTSS meetings- You’ll get a half hour of service
Help your teachers organize or clean their classrooms or bookshelves.
Use your lunch period (after you’ve eaten!) to help clean the cafeteria
Use your lunch period to tutor another student
Volunteer to tutor another student afterschool
Become a mentor for a student in grade school
Participate in the drives sponsored by NJHS
Some great ways to volunteer out of school: (But remember-- you’ll need approval from
wherever you serve first, and parental supervision is advised!)
Help out at your church or community center
Volunteer at a hospital
Visit the elderly at retirement homes
Help your neighbors clear out their garage
Volunteer at the humane society
Help people at the grocery store put their groceries in their cars
Organize a community CleanUp in your neighborhood
Ask your neighbors if they need help wrapping gifts, baking cookies or watching
Ask your grandparents if they need help in their yard
Ask your parents if they need help cleaning the bathroom (no allowance allowed!)
Cook a nice dinner for your whole family