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Williamson County high schools gear up for Knock and Deliver

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Students from Brentwood, Centennial, Franklin, Independence, Ravenwood and Summit high schools, will once again be involved in the Knock and Deliver campaign throughout the county, Saturday, Jan. 12. This campaign involves students from each school who are part of Habitat High. Habitat High is the name of an organized club in each Williamson County high school which raises the funding and provides the volunteers who build a home each year in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC).

The Habitat High build is always the first of the year for HFHWC. This year’s build for the Pointer family will begin on Feb. 23 in Franklin. Knock and Deliver packets will appear on the doorknobs in predetermined neighborhoods. Inside the packet will be a letter and an envelope for residents to mail in their tax-deductible donations.  

Renee Blankenship who teaches at Independence High says, “This is one of several projects undertaken by the schools involved to raise the $70,000 that covers a house sponsorship. The $70,000 pays for the materials to build the home. Students, faculty, other volunteers and the partnering family will work together over a five-week period to complete the home. This is an awesome opportunity for students to give back to the community and to understand the role of servanthood.”

“It warms my heart and makes me proud to be a part of the Habitat High build. To see students come out early on a cold Saturday or Sunday morning to work alongside the partnering family is a testament to the character of the students in Williamson County. We are blessed to have so many hard-working, compassionate young men and women in our local schools,” says David Bledsoe director of construction and land development for HFHWC.

Joanne Hayward has organized the students for Knock and Deliver the past several years at Franklin High School. She mentions, “Each door hanger will have an envelope that will be directed to the proper school for funding support. We hope each family will consider donating.”

The house on 9th Avenue will be the 13th home sponsored by Habitat High and should be completed and dedicated on March 24th.

Pamela Pointer, the partnering family, is a lifetime resident of Franklin and has three grown children who graduated from Centennial and Franklin High Schools. Her youngest son, Stanley, is helping her earn “sweat equity hours” doing community service work with his fraternity at UT-Knoxville. He also earned hours for each final grade of A he earned during the Fall 2012 semester.

Posted on: 1/10/2013

 
 

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