By Bella McCarey
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the Habitat for Humanity house will be completed ahead of schedule.
The Red Lion Habitat house is well under works as students and volunteers work to finish sanding and putting up drywall. FFA is working on landscaping the exterior of the house and hoping to get a donated lawn mower to give to the homeowner, Ashley Moffitt.
Hard work and contribution that Red Lion has had towards the cause has really paid off so far, according to Mr. Grant Gouker.
“We have had a tremendous turn out from groups here at the school, including NHS, choir and wrestling just to name a few of them,” Mr. Gouker said.
Progress on the house has occurred faster than what was initially expected.
“We are looking at the end of March as a completion date which is two months ahead of what we were originally projecting at the beginning of the project,” Mr. Gouker said. “This is largely due to the great work ethic of Red Lion students.”
Habitat has a goal of raising $90,000 in order to complete the project. Mr. Gouker reports that the goal is very realistic as they currently have about $75,000.
Students still have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer up through March. Volunteers can be individuals or groups with clubs or organizations. Sign up at tinyurl.com/RLHabitat
By Bella McCarey
Red Lion’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity gets back on track to hammering and drilling this September 11.
To honor Patriot’s Day and our veterans here in the high school. Mr. Grant Gouker has confirmed that Mrs. Valerie Stone,
Mr. Calvin Vanada, and Officer Marc Greenly will all be participating. Put forth by Dr. Scott Deisley, the day is designed to thank the districts’ very own veterans. Sophomore Connor Hulme and senior Jack Miller will be performing Taps using their trumpets in a brief opening ceremony before the manual labor begins.
September 16 is the first official day that students can sign up to participate.
“The idea is that the kick off will be very small and intimate, with five or six students accompanied by numerous community members,” said Mr. Gouker.
Work days are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.
Students can sign up to volunteer at tinyurl.com/rlhabitat.
By Bella McCarey
Around the United States this past Patriot’s Day, people celebrated their pride and appreciation for this country and for those serving in the military.
The National Journal reported people, especially military servicemen and veterans, laying flowers down on a bench in Washington DC that represents victims from the 9/11 attacks.
NewYork.CBSlocal.com covered the ceremonies held at the World Trade Center Memorial and 9/11 Museum, as families remembered loved ones whom they lost during the attacks.
Red Lion came together on Patriot’s Day to serve the community along with men and women who had already served their community in the military.
Participants of the first official Habitat for Humanity 2014-2015 season consisted of Officer Mark Greenley, Mr. Cal Vanada and Mrs. Val Stone.
“It only makes sense, spending the day giving back because of all those who lost their lives on this day, and those who serve and protect us daily,” said Dr. Scott Deisley. To Dr. Deisley, it was inspirational to see how far the house has come and to see that process continue on a day like Patriot’s Day.
“I like to come here a couple times a month, when my schedule allows,” he said. “And I think our participation will increase. More folks are signing up than we can use.”
The student response for Habitat has been very positive since the start last spring. Mr. Grant Gouker reports many students signed up last year, and even more signed up this year.
Junior McKayla Cooley was one of the student volunteers on Patriot’s Day. “I do it because it’s a good cause, like helping the family out,” she said. “I live nearby, so everyday I got to see how it progressed.”
Cooley, as well as the other volunteers, were working on placing up drywall in the main rooms of the house. Loud noises from hammers, drills, and boisterous chatter filled the house. Officer Greenley was found wedged in a wall, hammering dry wall.
“I was skeptical at first, about coming today, but it has been great,” said Officer Greenley. “I really wanted to forget the tragedy of today, so it was a great way to forget and remember by representing the school and the Air Force.”
Lending a hand to a great cause was certainly one way to forget the tragedy associated with that day. Red Lion has always been a community that bands together in times of need and the Habitat house is a representation of the district.
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