Members of the Bronxville High School Habitat for Humanity Club – who are used to knocking down walls, moving construction materials and clearing rubble from actual homes – used icing, candy and graham crackers to help elementary school students build gingerbread houses during the fourth annual Gingerbread House Making fundraiser on Dec. 12.
The students raised $600 to benefit Westchester County’s chapter of the global nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity. The money will go toward supplies for building homes for low-income residents in the area.
“Our annual fundraiser enables the club members to spend time with the community during the holidays and raise money for a great organization,” said social studies teacher Chris Doyle, who advises the club with math teacher Zhanna Cabrera.
Doyle said the elementary school students who attended the fundraiser were asked to make a small donation in order to participate. The event, which was symbolic of how club members contribute in their community, also allowed the students to work together toward a common goal.
“The most rewarding part was seeing the delight on the young children’s faces and having them make a connection within the school district,” Doyle said. “Not only did they leave with smiles, the volunteers did as well.”
In addition to the annual fundraiser, Habitat for Humanity Club members are involved in building actual homes for people in need throughout the year.
Photo 1: Members of the Bronxville High School Habitat for Humanity Club students raised $600 to benefit Westchester County’s chapter of the global nonprofit.
Photos courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District