by Robert Romano
While most teenagers spent their winter break resting and celebrating with family, the WHS Key Club helped the community by participating in its second annual Habitat for Humanity build on Christmas Eve in Plainfield.
The club raised $600 from its winter carnival on Dec. 15, $500 of which was sent towards supplies for the trip, according to Key Club Adviser Ms. Rebecca McGrath.
“We chose to do a build on Christmas Eve because it is a positive and effective way to give back to our community. Not only is it a great way to offer our time and energy, it is also a bonding experience for club members,” said McGrath.
This year, eight club members attended the build, according to senior club member Reece Zakarin.
“This year, we have had a remarkable amount of participation from everybody in the club, especially from many of the underclassmen,” said Zakarin.
According to Zakarin and McGrath, club members spent time chopping wood and constructing the roof of a house.
Said senior club member Connor Moore, “It was pleasantly surprising how much trust they gave us to complete the project.”
Last year, the Key Club helped build a house in Summit, and since the start of the school year, club members have volunteered at a number of local events, including the Westfield Historical Society’s Applefest, College Night and Mathcounts, according to McGrath. The Key Club donated to Hurricane Sandy relief through Stop the Clock earlier this year as well.
Said Moore, “In the Key Club we do not limit ourselves to one charity.... Habitat for Humanity is one of many of the great organizations we work with.”