BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Elementary School students got a taste of community service when they built homes during the third annual Gingerbread House Making Fundraiser on Dec. 14.
Organized by members of the Habitat for Humanity Club at the high school, the students raised a total of $600, which will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Westchester in January and will go toward supplies for building homes for low-income residents in the area.
“It’s one of the few events that brings together high school and elementary school students, and it helps them connect,” said social studies teacher Chris Doyle, who advises the club with math teacher Zhanna Cabrera. “The students learned the value of being involved in their local community. There are many challenges just a half-mile away from the front door of the Bronxville School, and they can make an impact.”
Habitat for Humanity Club Co-president Caroline Colavita, a senior, said she enjoyed the opportunity to organize the Gingerbread House Making Fundraiser, which provided hands-on activities for the younger students.
“The most rewarding part was seeing the kids build the gingerbread houses because they got excited to see the finished product,” Colavita said. “That’s exactly how we feel when we build houses in real life.”
Over the last decade, the high school club has raised about $15,000 for Habitat for Humanity. In addition to annual fundraisers, the students are involved in clearing rubble, knocking down walls, moving materials and building actual homes. Last year, they helped build homes for veterans in Yonkers.
This year, they have already built two homes and are working on their third house in Yonkers.
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