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Junior Summer Study Award

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May 28
Classroom Library Grant applications open

June 15
Chapter Annual Reports due

June 18
Classroom Library Grant applications due

June 29
Outstanding Chapter Award applications due

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Welcome New Chapters

Aberdeen High School
Aberdeen High School
Aberdeen, MD

Blue Valley High School
Black and Gold
Stillwell, KS

Eastchester High School
Eastchester High School
Eastchester, NY

Naples Middle High School
Naples Middle High School
Naples, Italy

Park View High School
Park View High School
Sterling, VA

Somerset Academy Canyons High School
Somerset Academy Canyons High School
Boynton Beach, FL

In This Issue

  1. Postcard Campaign to Support Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  2. April Literary Events and Celebrations
  3. Summer Study Award for Junior Members
  4. NEHS Merchandise
  5. Chapter Project Grants
  6. Chapter Annual Reports
  7. Merit and Need-Based Scholarship Awards

March has waned and April has dawned; renewal is in the air, a freshness, a re-awakening longed for each year. Perhaps this year in particular we are eager for the new light, the budding of the trees, the slow emergence of the flowers. We come out of recent dark days and the unease and fear that reigned a few short weeks ago linger. Yet, we find encouragement and pride in the united voices of the young leaders around the world who continue to "beat the drums" for meaningful change. Rainer Maria Rilke references the shift spring brings, moving us away from "harshness" to "tenderness" in his poem "Early Spring":

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

The world, our nation, and our schools certainly need tenderness now, but also courage to find paths out of harsh times. One example of action is unfolding at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL; more of their efforts to support the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are highlighted below. Also in this newsletter: a list of significant literary celebrations for the month of April with an invitation to visit the NCTE resource ReadWriteThink for lesson ideas; the deadlines for the Summer Study Awards and Project Grants; reminders about ordering of graduation merchandise; a note to anticipate the arrival of the Chapter Annual Report survey; and Merit and Need-based scholarship awards.

Postcard Campaign to Support Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The NEHS Innisfree Chapter at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL, has launched a postcard campaign in support of the Parkland, FL, community. Led by student Alexa Hui and Advisor Virginia Becker, the chapter crafted "Douglas Strong—Never Again" cards to send to state legislators with messages encouraging change. The card included a quotation from Marjory Stoneman Douglas written years ago: "Be a nuisance where it counts; do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption, and bad politics—but never give up."

The Innisfree chapter leadership is preparing a blog that will appear in a few weeks highlighting their work. If any NEHS chapters would like more information, contact NEHS Director Dave Wendelin. The Innisfree Chapter has made a postcard template available if other chapters are interested.

April Literary Events and Celebrations

April is National Poetry Month and also is the time for National Library Week, April 8-14. This might be a grand time to partner with school librarians to bring attention to

In conjunction with these celebrations, the NCTE resource, ReadWriteThink is full of lesson plan ideas to bring these days alive.

Summer Study Award for Junior Members

Current junior members of NEHS interested in applying for a Summer Study Award may apply for this award April 9-30 through AwardSpring. These $750 awards support students who have been accepted to and will be attending an academic study program taking place during summer of 2018.

Summer Study Award

NEHS Merchandise

Graduation is just around the corner. Don't delay in ordering graduation cords or medallions for senior NEHS members. Other merchandise is also available, including NEHS patches to be affixed to letter jackets and other school attire and NEHS stickers to be placed on transcripts.

Please note: We have a dwindling supply of NEHS patches; once the remaining patches are sold, this item will be discontinued.

NEHS Merchandise

Chapter Project Grants

Applications for a limited number of NEHS project grants may be submitted by May 8, 2018, to be utilized during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year. Chapters receiving awards will be notified soon after the deadline. These grants allow chapters to extend literacy opportunities within school and in local communities.

Chapter Annual Reports

It is not too early to begin the initial review of the activities that have been done by NEHS chapters in the past year. All NEHS Lead Chapter Advisors are required to complete the Chapter Annual Report detailing activities conducted throughout the previous school year. We encourage chapters to make this a joint effort of the Advisor and the outgoing/incoming student officers. The report serves as a great way to review accomplishments as well as to begin planning for the following year. The reports will be submitted electronically via Survey Monkey. All Lead Advisors will receive an email in early May that will include a unique chapter link to the survey. As an incentive, all chapters completing the survey by Friday, June 15, will be entered into a drawing for $100.

Merit and Need-Based Scholarship Awards

Results of this year's scholarship process were announced to applicants on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We awarded twenty-five (25) Merit Scholarships totaling $41,500 and six (6) Need-based Scholarships totaling $10,000.

Names and Schools 2018 Scholarship Awardees