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Moorhead High’s National Honor Society opens Spud Closet to support classmates in need

November 26, 2019

As part of their efforts to serve, Moorhead High School’s National Honor Society students led efforts to establish Spud Closet this fall. The closet has donated coats, clothes, shoes, hygiene products and food available for students who need them.

“It is a place to provide items needed,” said Amelia Bjorklund, one of the NHS members. “It’s great to see students rallying around a cause and supporting others, who can get things without being ashamed.”

After a 48-year hiatus, the National Honor Society returned to Moorhead High School this fall with the induction of 30 members. Spud Closet is the chapter’s service project.

Even with space tight at Moorhead High, administration was able to find a small room to be used for Spud Closet, advisor Jean Sando said.

The NHS members collected and sorted donations, purchased and assembled shelves, organized the space, and created an inventory list. They continue to monitor the inventory and sort out donations.

“It’s been amazing the random donations we’ve received,” said Talia Williams, Moorhead High’s NHS president.

The effort is helping students meet some of their basic needs by providing a space where students can shop for necessary items such as food, clothing and hygiene products that they might not be able to obtain on their own. All of the items are free for the students.

The NHS students are not involved in distributing items. Students in need access Spud Closet through a counselor, social worker or other staff member the student is comfortable with.

The NHS students are continuing to collect donated nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, laundry detergent, clothing and winter gear, and they also will use monetary donations to replenish supplies.

“We want stuff that a high school student would wear,” Chelsea Bubbers said. “We want them to fit in.”

There is a box in the closet for requests if a particular item is needed. NHS students will use monetary donations to purchase special items or provide a gift card if appropriate.

Contact Moorhead High School at 218-284-2300 for more information about donating to Spud Closet or email NHS advisors Jean Sando at or Audrey Erickson at


Photo: Moorhead High National Honor Society members Chelsea Bubbers, Sofia Lopez and Talia Williams sort donated clothing by size in the Spud Closet, which provides clothing, hygiene products and food for students who need them.

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