Homeschool.com’s bi-weekly E-zine for August 30, 2007, reported that Laurel Springs, an accredited private distance learning school with programs for homeschooled students from kindergarten through high school which give students much more than a Web-based learning environment, recently inducted its first members into the National Honor Society. This newly established Laurel Springs chapter of the NHS requires more than high grades and good character. Students must complete 56 hours of community service and leadership. Students who join the chapter make a commitment to study an environmental issue in depth and to complete all the required service hours within their first year of membership. Student service portfolios include projects such as working in a hospital, planning charity events, or making educational videos about global warming (let’s hope they tell the truth rather than just propaganda). Each student is personally honored and receives a certificate and pin, along with the traditional candle lighting ceremony. Of course, one must enroll in Laurel Springs to be inducted into their chapter of NHS, but an honor society for homeschooled high school students has been formed and an increasing number of local and state homeschool groups are participating.