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Re: National Art Honor Society

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ArtOWitz_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 08:43:22 PDT


I have a chapter that I inherited from the previous teacher. I was not
thrilled with the way it was going. The kids showed up for meetings but
seemed to only want the prestige of the society for their college
transcripts. So I've slowly been requiring more of them and trying to make it
more their responsibility and their club. I have them elect officers the
previous spring so I can be up and running in August. I send invitations to
the first meeting the first week of school. At that meeting, I stress that it
is an HONOR society and therefore they must take some initiative if they
expect to be initiated as a member in the spring. I give each one a booklet
that is signed by the officers at each monthly meeting. In it is also info on
dues, meeting dates, service opportunities and a sheet for them and their
parents to sign indicating that they understand the requirements and
responsibilities of the society. Each time they earn service hours it is
their responsibility to get the proper signature in their booklet verifying
what they did. In the past we have helped paint sets for the 3 yearly plays,
painted 2 murals in the school, done face painting during homecoming week,
helped host the 2 annual open houses for prospective students, worked at the
annual fundraising auction, created pottery for the area OXFAM money raising
luncheon (this is in conjunction with an area college) and designed the
school's annual Christmas card. The first year students are required to do 5
hours of service, 2nd years 4 hours and 3rd years 3 hours. That way if a
student is eligible to be a member for the first time as a senior, she has to
earn 5 hours service. If she's been a member since Soph year, she only has to
earn 3 hrs since she's done 5 and 4 the to previous years. One thing that the
booklet has eliminated, is students coming to me 2 days before initiation
ceremony saying "What can I do to earn 4 hours of service credit?" Since the
National requires that it can only be 10th-12th, this unfortunately does not
give the freshman any organized art outlet. I do invite any student who can
find their way to the theater to help paint sets even frosh and tell them
that it's great brownie points for getting an invite into the society as
sophs. Hope these ideas help. Monica

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