by Henry Ritter
Social Studies Teacher Ms. Tricia Iannuzzi is working to get students more involved at WHS by creating the new Habitat for Humanity Club. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that makes sure "every man, woman and child have a decent, safe and affordable place to live" according to habitat.org. The national charity helps people of all races and religions and welcomes help from anyone.
Said Iannuzzi: "I participated in a volunteer program in Cape Town, South Africa, refurbishing a school, [and] in Cusco, Peru working in a small village, constructing a school [and] teaching English. After volunteering abroad, I really wanted to get involved in a program in the US."
In June, Iannuzzi was 1 of 10 teachers accepted to a Teacher Fellowship Program with Habitat for Humanity. The week-long program was held in Murfreesboro, TN. Said Iannuzzi, "It was an amazing experience for me, and I knew that I wanted to give students at WHS the same opportunity to get involved in their community."
The club is working to set building dates and welcomes any interested students and faculty. Said Iannuzzi: "I would like students to participate in local builds in Plainfield in the upcoming months, [and] to know there is more to this organization and to volunteering than just participating in builds."
Iannuzzi hopes that the club can participate in a global mission trip over spring break. She said: "[The club] will provide insight on some of the struggles that Americans are faced with. Through fundraising activities, students will learn the advocacy skills to continue to raise awareness and to influence laws that will impact change, not just for the Habitat mission, but for any cause they feel passionately about." For more information on club meetings and build dates, visitwhshabitat.com.