[caption id="attachment_23899" align="alignleft" width="400"]<img src="https:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2019\/03\/NHS-ta-GBEMS.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="508" class="size-full wp-image-23899" \/> Pocahontas County High School senior Jacob Jones helps second grader Ryley Kerr with her vocabulary words during the National Honor Society\u2019s second visit to Green Bank Elementary-Middle School. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nSuzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nWhen Pocahontas County High School students are accepted as members of the National Honor Society, it is because they personify the four pillars of the academic organization \u2013\u00a0scholarship, leadership, service and character.\r\n\r\nAs they considered service as part of the requirements, the members brainstormed with advisors Darlene Arbogast, Samara Mann and Laurel Dilley and decided to \u201cserve\u201d at the schools they attended before entering high school.\r\n\r\nBeginning in 2019, once a month, the students report directly to Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, Marlinton Elementary School and Hillsboro Elementary School and spend half the day in the classrooms, helping teachers and working with students.\r\n\r\nEach student is assigned a classroom, and they assist the teachers with class work and errands.\r\n\r\nLast week, at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, the students shared their experiences working with the younger kids as well as with their teachers from years ago.\r\n\r\nSenior Mathias Solliday said the program began with just the Marlinton members going to MES and with the success of that, it expanded to include all the elementary schools.\r\n\r\n\u201cSome of the Marlinton kids went down to their schools and read a little bit, just to get a feel of how it is,\u201d he said. \u201cThey did that a couple of times, and it progressed to this. So now everybody is going to their original schools and helping out. Not just reading, but helping the teachers.\u201d\r\n\r\nSolliday is assigned to social studies teacher Amanda Ryder and has been helping students with their projects for the social studies fair.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s been great,\u201d he said. \u201cSeeing everything that\u2019s changed and what all has stayed the same. It brings back a lot of memories, and it feels good to be back.\u201d\r\n\r\nJunior Kira Bircher works in the library with librarian Leah Shinaberry. The first time she was with the students, she spent time explaining the honor society as an academic organization.\r\n\r\n\u201cI told them what NHS was and what we were involved in and a lot more about high school,\u201d she said. \u201cNow they know me, and so I hang out with them. The kindergarteners, I read them a book and then I sit in on their stories. I\u2019ve organized the bookshelves. I just help with the different classes that come in.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhile the NHS members are in the classrooms, they are given different tasks by teachers \u2013 helping with decorations, printing assignments or even spending one- on-one time with students who need a little extra help.\r\n\r\nAt times, a NHS member can be observed in the hallway, sitting at a small desk opposite a student with a board between them. This is usually a time when the NHS member helps the student with their vocabulary words to ensure they are pronouncing them all properly.\r\n\r\n\u201cI had a kid pulled out and I helped him do his work, and we worked one-on-one,\u201d senior Noah Barkley said. \u201cI really enjoyed it. I was kind of shaky about how I would be with younger kids, but once I got to know them, I was really comfortable.\u201d\r\n\r\nBarkley was even called on to use a die-cut machine to cut out shamrocks to help decorate June Taylor\u2019s second grade classroom.\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhatever the task may be, the students are ready to help out, although it was an adjustment when they returned to the halls of elementary school. \r\n\r\n\u201cAt first, it felt really weird,\u201d Barkley said. \u201cThe thing I think is the weirdest is when you see fourth graders or second graders and you\u2019re like, \u2018wow, I was that small.\u2019 I\u2019m a senior this year, and you\u2019re like, \u2018where\u2019s the time gone?\u2019 In a couple of months, I'm out in the real world, and I have to make real world decisions.\u201d\r\n\r\nDespite the initial surreal feel of going back in time, the NHS members say they enjoy their time helping the younger students and giving back to the school that set them on their path of learning.\r\n\r\n\u201cI was excited to get to go back to my old school and help the little kids,\u201d junior Charity Warder said.\r\n\r\nThe NHS members will continue to serve their \u201chome\u201d schools once a month for the rest of the year, and hopefully, the tradition will carry on in the future.