21 Nov 2013

CHS Presents Habitat for Humanity $50,000 Check for CHS Build

Catholic High School presented Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge Lynn Clark a check for $50,000 to fund a CHS Habitat for Humanity build after a Thanksgiving school mass held on Friday, November 22.

In 2011, Catholic High School announced it would sponsor and build a Habitat for Humanity House on its own.  The cost to build a Habitat House is $75,000.  The Catholic High student body committed to raise $50,000 and Habitat would then pay the remaining $25,000 for the CHS Habitat Build.

For the past 11 years, CHS has participated in the Habitat Youth Build, along with other area highs schools, providing labor for Habitat sponsored homes. This latest endeavor is an effort to sponsor a build entirely by the CHS community, providing both the labor and $50,000 of the $75,000 necessary for a Habitat Home.

The Catholic High School community embraced the Habitat for Humanity Build and has held dances, candy sales, tailgates, pep rallies, talent shows and restaurant nights to help fully fund this endeavor.  

íÍAs Gandhi said, íîbe the change you want to see in the world.í´ This project provides the school community the opportunity to be the change we want to see and to serve Baton Rouge,íñ commented Aaron Brown, CHS Class of 2012 and part of the initial launch of the CHS Habitat Build.

As a final push, CHS celebrated Habitat for Humanity Week at school from November 4 – November 8, 2013. Students and faculty were allowed to wear íÍrelax dressíñ all week with a $20 donation to the fund. At the Fall Sports Pep Rally on Friday, November 8, CHS Principal Lisa Harvey announced that the students and faculty had raised more than $26,000 just that week. This amount, combined with the gifts of generous donors as well as the money raised in the past two years, propelled CHS to the $50,000 needed for their own Habitat Build.