On Thursday April 13, members of Malden High School’s National Honor Society hosted a community Tie Dye event. Attendees could make their own tie-dye shirt with a provided white shirt for $7 or they could have brought in their own shirts to tie-dye for $5.
The event took place in Cafe A and all of the proceeds went towards the PACE Program, which is a multi year program for students with cognitive and/or physical abilities. The program provides these students with academic, functional and vocational skills so that they may transition successfully to adult life. These students may also receive ancillary services including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, assistive technology and augmentative communication.
For NHS, each group or individual has to create a service project. This event was led by MHS juniors and NHS members Cindy Siu, Rachel Eaglin and Anna Powers, the latter of whom is a member of the Blue and Gold. Siu explains that the idea of the Tie-Dye event was passed on by previous NHS projects. Previously, seniors Stephen Deng and Phuong Nguyen led the event, Siu also explains that “there was originally a helping hands club that collaborated with PACE, but now [NHS] is just raising funds for PACE in a fun and creative way”.
Siu says that the planning process included ordering materials, collaborating with PACE teachers and getting advice from other NHS members about how to make the event run smoothly. She also mentions that originally, “[NHS] wanted to host the event the week before sports started, but since our group was heavily involved with organizing JV’s, they decided to have it the week before vacation”.
Siu believes that any money earned from the event will be helpful towards the PACE program. Siu says that “Since [NHS] has been raising funds for PACE for a while now, the see the donations as giving back not only to NHS but to the students in this school”.