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National Honor Society members offering baby-sitting service Saturday at Carson High School

by Maggie O'Neill
Appeal Staff Writer

Each has at least a 3.45 grade-point average, but these National Honor Society students will need more than book smarts to get through Saturday’s project.

For the first time, the society is offering a day of baby-sitting services for children ages 3 and up at Carson High School.

Parents can drop off their children at 9 a.m. and pick them up any time before or at 4 p.m. The concept behind the day-long event is to give parents the opportunity to go Christmas shopping, relax, or accomplish whatever they wish, according to Loren Wooldridge, 17-year-old senior and president of the club.

“I think this (event) is going to grow through the years, where it’s going to reach the point that we’ll all have to come in and work because there will be so many kids,” he said.

The cost for the day is $20 for one child and $30 for two or more. Games are planned in some of the classrooms, movies in others and basketball in the small gym.

“I think most of the guys (from the honor society) just want to hang out with the kids, play some basketball, and have a good time,” he said. “All of the members of the National Honor Society are great kids and understand what they’re doing this for.”

Members of the National Honor Society must complete 10 hours of community service each year. About 35 of the 138-member club will do a couple of those hours on Saturday.

Many of the parents who plan to drop off their children will be teachers at Carson High, according to Social Studies Teacher Angila Golik, advisor for the club. There is no charge for them.

“We’re not looking to make much money on it,” Golik said. “It’s more of a service than anything.”

Any money that is raised will be used for scholarships for graduating honor society seniors. Typically, the society awards both a $750 and $500 scholarship at the end of the year.

“We don’t get any money from the school to run our club,” said Golik. “We depend heavily on fund-raising and our dues and we’d like to increase the amount and numbers of (scholarships) we give out.”

Golik and two students recently attended the nationwide convention in Washington, D.C. It was there she discovered the baby-sitting concept.

“A few of the chapters around the country do it,” she said. “And it was just one of those ideas I picked up. Being a mother of two, I thought it would be something I really like.”

The honor society also conducts blood drives, collecting 108 units last week, and does Toys for Tots. Golik has more than 500 toys in her classroom.

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WHAT: A day of baby-sitting at Carson High School, 1111 N. Saliman Road

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Register at the north side of the building near the small gym

COST: $20 for the day for one child, $30 for two or more. Children must be three or older and should be potty-trained.

• Contact reporter Maggie O’Neill at moneill@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1219.