Greenies Host Habitat Summit

Greenies Host Habitat Summit

Christ School, three other Asheville-area schools part of Student Build

Bronson Gatts '18 will not be around for Christ School's next Habitat for Humanity Student Build. But while he is off at college, the senior wants to leave one of his pet projects in good hands.

Bronson, along with Bennett David '18, Coles Manning '19, Luke Brazinski '18, Ross Oakley '19, and Wesley Garbee '20 represented the Greenies at Thursday's Habitat Summit in Stolz Dining Hall's Bradshaw Room. Individuals from Habitat and three partner schools – Asheville Christian Academy, Carolina Day, and Franklin School of Innovation – were also in attendance for three hours of brainstorming.

Together, the four schools have to raise $55,000 between now and October 2018, when construction on their Habitat house begins. Jointly, this is the fourth Student Build for Christ School and ACA. Bronson has been involved since his freshman year.

"It's really important to get people learning about Habitat early on," Bronson said. "That way, you are building the foundation and training the next group."

Fundraising is the first stage of each Student Build. The Greenies have been chipping away at the $13,750 they need to raise by holding 50-50 raffles at athletic events. The next raffle is planned for "Christmas in the Greenie Dome," which is varsity basketball's December 12 home game against Rabun Gap (Ga.).

"Today was a good time for all the schools to get together and bounce ideas off each other," Ross said. "We're planning for the future, and that feels good."

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1976, and provides housing for those who could not otherwise afford it. Once the fundraising is complete, Christ School students will be able to earn service hours by volunteering their time on the Student Build.

Habitat's Bill Lineberry told everyone at Thursday's Summit that they are making a difference.

"I love being around you," he said. "It's a feel-good moment for me. You have no idea how impactful you are, but you will by next October."

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