WINTERS – Last week elementary students were warmed by the giving nature of the National Honor Society after members presented kindergarten and elementary students with cuddly handmade blankets.

WINTERS – Last week elementary students were warmed by the giving nature of the National Honor Society after members presented kindergarten and elementary students with cuddly handmade blankets.

“Blankets for Blizzards” is a community service project that has been an annual event for the members of the National Honor Society, made up of juniors and seniors at Winters High School. The Winters Chapter of NHS requires students to maintain a 93 overall weighted grade point average and display exemplary leadership, service and character.

The project, has been going on since 2008, however, except for last year when it was temporarily suspended.

Mandie England, secondary counselor at Winters ISD and the sponsor of NHS, said generous donations from numerous business, organizations and individuals made the project possible. This year, the students made 44 fleece blankets for the younger students.

The donations allowed the students to purchase 176 yards of fleece for the blankets. The students got together and made the blankets after school and on several evenings.

“It is such an important project and we are so thankful to everyone,” England said. “Plus, it shows the young students what good work the National Honor Society does, and hopefully they will begin to think about being in the NHS.”

Students’ names were submitted by their teachers and a drawing was held Friday.

The recipients were all smiles as they received the blankets and NHS students called the project a “rewarding experience.”

“It was the most rewarding experience any of us could have participated in,” said NHS President Grace Bryan. “We’ve grown up in this community and it is all about giving back.”

Bryan said while the blankets were being handed out to the lucky winners, the children were running up and hugging the NHS members.

“I just can’t express how rewarding the experience was,” Bryan said.