PUNTA GORDA – As part of Edison Collegiate High School’s pledge to building character faculty, staff and students have joined forces with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity.
The partnership is in the beginning stages with the hope of creating a permanent bond between ECHS and the renowned non-profit organization. Earlier this month faculty and staff at ECHS kicked off the partnership with a painting project, while students have formed groups in anticipation of future projects.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for both Habitat for Humanity and Edison Collegiate High School,” said Mike Mansfield, executive director of Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. “We were thrilled to see the excitement and energy to which Edison Collegiate High School approached us,” said Mike Mansfield, executive director of Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity. “It’s nice to see the youth getting engaged in community service. This is a tremendous opportunity for both organizations, and a benefit to all of Charlotte County.”
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987 and is committed to providing safe, decent and affordable homes to those who are in need in our community. Partnering with the non-profit organization is another step in ECHS’s commitment to the Character Counts program, which emphasizes six core values through pillars – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
The partnership with Habitat was announced to the student body during an assembly at the conclusion of Character Counts Week.
“As we searched for a project that faculty and students could work on together, Habitat for Humanity seemed like a natural fit,” ECHS Principal Diane Juneau said. “It is a way for all of us to contribute to the community by doing. The faculty and staff had a great time with our first project and the students are really looking forward to their first project.”
While the next project in the ECHS-Habitat partnership has not been decided, Habitat’s 12th Annual Turkey Trot hosted at Edison State College Charlotte Campus on Nov. 25. The 5K run has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition with the race starting promptly at 7:30 a.m. with a costume contest scheduled with judging around 7:10 a.m.
For more information on the Turkey Trot and to register, please contact Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity at http://www.charlottecountyhfh.org/ or 941-639-3162.
For more information about ECHS please visit echs.edison.edu or call 941-637-5673.