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Spanish National Honor Society conducts backpack drive for Hispanic Heritage Month


             Spanish National Honor Society Officers: President Jennifer Magnoli, Treasurer Samantha Girasulo,
             Vice President Jocelyn Sterns, Secretary Riley Moynihan

Mercy"s Spanish National Honor Society collaborated with the Spanish Community of Wallingford Organization (SCOW) to donate school supplies to Latina students who could not afford them.  Spanish NHS officers met to plan the drive at the end of the summer and create a presentation and flyers that were presented to the Mercy student body during Student Orientation Days. Spanish NHS is an academic society within Mercy High School for students that excel in their Spanish classes. Each year, the society facilitates cultural awareness activities, community service based projects for Hispanic communities, and various fundraisers. As the chapter’s namesake is La Galatea derived from the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, the Society strives to spread friendship, love, and cultural diversity throughout the community. The officers of the Spanish National Honor Society decided to create the inaugural “Back to School” drive to interact with the Hispanic community and positively impact the lives of local Latina students for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15, 2017.)  The Treasurer of Spanish NHS, Samantha Girasulo, has worked with SCOW in the past.  “SCOW has always been incredibly welcoming and open to new service ideas, explained Samantha Girasulo.  Jennifer Magnoli, President of La Galatea further explained, “SCOW helps Latino individuals and families in the greater-Wallingford area succeed in their new home, the United States, by offering cultural, social, and educational services.”  At the completion of the drive, the students not only collected backpacks but binders, lunch boxes, and school supplies to fill each backpack.  

 SCOW is located at 284 Washington Street, Wallingford CT.