February 10, 2018
GREER, SC – On Thursday, students, school leaders, Habitat Greenville team members and volunteers kicked off the Riverside High School Spirit Week build by raising the walls of the home for future homeowner Kanya Johnson and her sons.
Riverside High School students worked tirelessly to raise funds during their 2017 Spirit Week. Heather Greene, the school’s Spirit Week Coordinator, notes, “In choosing Habitat, these students were especially excited to have a project they knew they would be able to see come to fruition.” Some of their spirit week activities included head shaving, goat yoga and a car smash.
Riverside High School students raised over $100,000 during spirit week, which after expenses was well enough to build a complete home for a Habitat family, a first for a Habitat Greenville spirit week partnership. In recognition of and gratitude for the efforts of these students, Habitat Greenville recognized Riverside High School as its 2017 Organizational Donor of the Year.
As a Habitat Greenville program participant, Kanya Johnson will complete 25 hours of homeownership education classes as well as 200 hours of “sweat equity,” building her home and the homes of other Habitat homeowners. She will pay an affordable mortgage for the home.
Thursday’s wall raising is a significant milestone in the Johnson family’s journey to home ownership. During the event, students and volunteers had the opportunity to write encouraging messages to the family on the beams of the wall, which will become part of the home during construction.
“We are so proud of the work these students did, and especially the heart with which they did it. Their spirit of generosity is creating new opportunities for the Johnson family,” said Monroe Free, President and CEO of Habitat Greenville. “They are not just building a house, but a home where the Johnson family will thrive.”