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Riverside Spirit Week build commended by Habitat Greenville

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Published on Monday, February 12, 2018

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Riverside High School students, school leaders, Habitat Greenville team members and volunteers kicked off the RHS Spirit Week build by raising the walls of the home for future homeowner Kanya Johnson and her sons.

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Riverside High School students, school leaders, Habitat Greenville team members and volunteers kicked off the RHS Spirit Week build by raising the walls of the home for future homeowner Kanya Johnson and her sons.



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Students wrote encouraging messages on the beams of the wall, which will become part of the home during construction.
 

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Students wrote encouraging messages on the beams of the wall, which will become part of the home during construction.

 





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Riverside High School students, school leaders, Habitat Greenville team members and volunteers kicked off the RHS Spirit Week build by raising the walls of the home for future homeowner Kanya Johnson and her sons.

RHS students raised more than $100,000 that, after expenses, provided enough funds for the new home during their 2017 Spirit Week.

“In choosing Habitat, these students were especially excited to have a project they knew they would be able to see come to fruition,” said Heather Greene, the school’s Spirit Week Coordinator. Some of their spirit week activities included head shaving, goat yoga and a car smash.

Habitat Greenville recognized Riverside High School as its 2017 Organizational Donor of the Year. Riverside’s build is a first for a Habitat Greenville spirit week partnership.

As a Habitat Greenville program participant, Johnson will complete 25 hours of homeownership education classes as well as 200 hours of “sweat equity,” building her home and the homes of other Habitat homeowners. She will pay an affordable mortgage for the home.

During last week’s wall raising RHS students and volunteers had the opportunity to write encouraging messages to the family on the beams of the wall, which will become part of the home during construction.

“We are so proud of the work these students did, and especially the heart with which they did it,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “Their spirit of generosity is creating new opportunities for the Johnson family. They are not just building a house, but a home where the Johnson family will thrive.”

 

 

 

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