Narvaez’s homeroom tops military supply drive

The biggest supporter of the December military supply drive was a member of the military herself.

Chemistry teacher Delilah Narvaez’s homeroom won the pizza party sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society. The reward went to the classroom collecting the most boxes of toothbrushes, deodorant and other toiletries. Narvaez and her husband both served in the military for several years.

“I’m proud of my kids,” Narvaez said. “I was able to send emails out to the kids. I sent a letter that said that I and my husband were in the military. My husband served in one of the gulf wars. [I] said that it was very important to me. And almost every student brought something in.”

Narvaez, who served in the Air Force for more than five years before getting her degree, said that she offered no incentives for her students to donate.

“I think with those drives — for canned goods and things like that — you can’t use incentives for them to donate, there can’t be a point system,” she said. “I think it needs to be out of the goodness of their heart.”

The supply drive brought in eight large boxes of toiletries needed by many in the military.

“I feel that the results are good,” NJHS President Kaitlin Inganna said. “In total we collected about seven to eight large boxes of supplies. While out in the field during war, the soldiers don’t have simple supplies, such as toiletries. They will help improve their [life]styles overseas and knowing that we support them back home, will give them strength to carry on.”

By Meghan Pickles