Garinger seniors help build home

By: Yahya Abdur-Razzaq and Savannah Wilson

Did you know Garinger high school students and staff are helping to build a house?

The house is for Habitat for Humanity and will go to a disadvantaged family of four when completed.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Habitat for Humanity are in a partnership called Senior BuildUp. The program is for seniors from across CMS high schools to come together to build a house for a family in need. Garinger is striving to raise $2,500 to help the project. A Garinger student also worked at the site earlier this spring.

Once Habitat finds a family in need of a house, the family has the opportunity to help build the home. That means students who are helping to build the house get to interact with the future residents of the home.

Out of the 19 students from CMS high schools, senior At’Lea Byrd represented Garinger at a student workday March 6.  She worked for five hours on helping to build the foundation.

“It was fun and enjoyable,” Byrd said.

In order to raise money, the Garinger community has sponsored staff versus student basketball games, sold Autobell car wash tickets and has given teachers the chance to pay to wear jeans each Thursday. So far, Garinger has raised $ 600.

A phone-a-thon aimed at Garinger alumni is another way that seniors are going to try to collect donations. Seniors will spend a couple of hours calling former Wildcats during the evening of Thursday, May 9.

Garinger is taking donations from the community as well and plans to spread the word through Facebook and Twitter. Donors also may contribute online.

For details about the project, visit www.seniorbuildup.org. To make a donation for Garinger’s fund drive, click on “Central Zone,” then “Garinger High School.”

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