By Nafisa Hossain
On November 20, the HEROES club held a card drive in the quad where students and staff could come and write letters to veterans. The card drive lasted until November 26, giving people a greater opportunity to write cards and drop them off in math teacher Steve Overton’s room if they missed the event.
The club received almost 150 cards for the card drive this year. As HEROES continues to expand they hope to acquire more members and spread their message.
The club officers who organized the card drive last year, including senior president Lena Shin and junior vice presidents Steven Khai and Stacy Kim, worked with Operation Gratitude.
Operation Gratitude is an organization that delivers handmade cards to veterans in time for the holidays.
HEROES, short for “Helping Each Recruit Overcome Every Situation,” is a club dedicated to raising awareness of veterans and spreading the message of doing all you can to help. Due to the success of the previous card drive, the club decided to hold another this year.
Throughout the year, HEROES plans several activities in order show their appreciation and support for the veterans.
In fact, for Veteran’s Day, they volunteered at the Veteran’s Day Parade in the San Fernando Valley. Club members helped with directing traffic, blocking off an entire street for the parade, and helped with the food, wrapping well over a thousand hot dogs.
Additionally, as HEROES continues to bring about awareness for U.S. veterans, they have expanded the club. They have formed a HEROES club at Van Nuys High School and another at Village Christian High School.
However, Shin said that the Granada Hills Charter High School branch’s members will always remember that they were the first HEROES and will continue their endeavor to work hard and do as much as possible to help veterans.
The club wants to bring focus onto all the sacrifices, bravery, and protecting that veterans have done for the nation.
HEROES meets in Overton’s room in G9 every other week on Thursdays for those who want to get involved.