Greenville students raise money for local Habitat for Humanity


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:44 am on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Second graders at Lincoln Heights Elementary School helped load lumber back into the Habitat for Humanity truck after signing boards that will be used to build a new home. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Through a bake-sale fundraiser, Lincoln Heights Elementary School students raised money to buy lumber for the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity.

Dan Eagles of the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity has been working with Betsy Gryka’s second-grade class over the years and helping out in the classroom.

After holding a bake-sale fundraiser, second graders from Lincoln Heights Elementary School signed two-by-fours that were bought with the money raised. The boards will be used to build a new home by the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Gryka said every year the second grade students has to do a service project and this year chose to help Eagles and the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity by raising money.

 

“The students made trail mix,” Gryka said. “Each class brought in something different and the students mixed it.”

The trail mix was then sold to other elementary students for 25 cents.

Eagles, a retired teacher, said the money raised went towards purchasing 50 2-by-4 boards that will be used to build a wall by Habitat for Humanity for a home.

On Tuesday, Eagles brought those 2-by-4 boards, to Lincoln Heights Elementary School to have all the second graders sign, date and leave a message on the boards.

The boards, he said, will be used to build a “Wall of Love” in the new home.

“This is a good learning experience for the kids,” Gryka said.

She said the students were not only excited about raising the money, but they learned about philanthropy by giving the money to someone else, in this case the Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity.

The second-grade students not only sign their name on the boards, but helped Eagles unload and load the lumber from the Habitat for Humanity truck.

“I had fun signing my name on the boards,” said Jacob Westfield, 8.

Students from Suzanne Fennema’s, Nichole Krieger’s and Gryka’s class participated in the fundraiser and the signing of the “Wall of Love.”

Two of the three second grade classes at Lincoln Heights Elementary School posed with Montcalm County Habitat for Humanity representative Dan Eagles after signing lumber for a new home that will be built by Habitat for Humanity. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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