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Students lend a helping hand to Habitat

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Students from Elmwood High School were rewarded last week for their work with Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg.


The school was involved with the High Schools for Habitat for Humanity Club, or 3H Club. Students took part in a Habitat build, distributed door hangers with information on Habitat to residents, made presentations to every class in the school, and organized a chocolate fundraiser.


This year marked the second year for the program in Winnipeg, which is the first of its kind in Canada.


The project currently includes 12 schools and is facilitated by Habitat volunteer Wayne Adams.


One hundred Elmwood students took part in fundraising efforts while a group of 10 took part in a home build in April. To show its support for the students, Habitat held a recognition lunch at the school on June 14.


Jocelyn Shedden, an Elmwood teacher who co-ordinated the 3H Club at the school with fellow teacher Laura Durling, said having an opportunity to fundraise for Habitat and participate in a build was a valuable lesson for the students.


"It was an excellent experience for them to take part in the build and contribute back to their community," Shedden said.


"It’s awesome to see them involved. We have a lot of kids willing to participate, and we’re glad they were able to go that extra mile."


Grade 12 student Kayla Barrow said taking part in the build was an experience she won’t soon forget.


"It was interesting just seeing how it’s done, it’s really different. I’ve never seen a house at that stage," Barrow said.


"I also learned a lot about running a fundraiser. The amount of work it takes to get it together."


Kim Wilson, director of fund development for Habitat, said the organization decided a couple of years ago to start educating students on what they do in the community.


"We have an issue with awareness and misconceptions in the community, so a couple of years ago we thought we would educate in schools," Wilson said.


"It’s been wonderful. We’ve always had a certain degree of schools helping on the build side, but there’s more now."


Barrow said she would encourage future students to take part in the club to gain a different perspective.


"Absolutely, I think they should get involved. I think we even had a couple of Grade 11 students too, and it’s fun to get out there," she said.

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