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Student's earnings dedicated to helping others


November 30, 2011

Nick Novy

Nick Novy, a sophomore at Marysville Pilchuck High School, spent his spring break, summer break, and the beginning of his sophomore year working and saving money for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

When asked why he wanted to donate to the food bank, the earnest young man answered, "in these tougher economic times, food is a necessity."

Last spring, Nick decided on a goal to work and donate half of his earnings. The project started with flyers, community connections and hard work in Nick's Mission Beach neighborhood on Tulalip Bay.

The title of his project is H.O.I.N., Help Others in Need. It's an acronym he's used since the fourth grade after starting a club to help kids during recess.

Nick mowed his neighbor's lawns, pulled weeds, assisted in chores, and helped in a variety of household tasks. Nick's persistence inspired his mom and dad, Tim and Jerri Novy, both teachers, to match his earnings, which created a ripple effect that also reached his grandparents. Even the folks at Marysville's HomeStreet Bank got into the act, matching Nick's original $475.

"$1,425," said Nick with unabashed enthusiasm, after confirming the bank balance on his cell phone.

Nick and his parents plan to donate the money in December; they are still looking for other businesses who'd like to support Nick's efforts.

With most of his days scheduled by neighbors this spring and summer, Jerri Novy retold one story with pride. Apparently one neighbor actually told Nick he could stop at a task he was doing, as he'd gone above and beyond his expectations.

Novy said her son is a very hard worker. Serving as drum major for his high school band, he also supports his little brother and sister in music education. He'd like to be a band teacher for the Marysville community someday.

His mother, a Western Washington University graduate, said he is already thinking about college. Although Western is a close second, Nick is very interested in the music department at the University of Washington and is developing an admiration for the UW Band.

When asked if he'd like to repeat his summer break undertaking, filled with hard work and goal setting, Nick nodded an affirmation and said, "I will be at the Salvation Army serving food with my grandma, Char Pike, this month."

You can help Nick in his project for the Marysville Community Food Bank by emailing his father Tim Novy at To learn more about the Marysville Community Food Bank, visit the website or call 360-653-1054.


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