Helping build a brighter future


Niji Shah (12) signs in on the club roster. The club leaders collected attendees’ names and contact information so that they can get out information about future volunteer opportunities.

Candace Jarzombek, Author

The brand-new Habitat for Humanity club held its first meeting on Sept. 17 in Ms. Cynthia Lale’s, World Language, room, C210. Club leaders Martha Mapes (12), Samantha Marino (12), Lauren Oparah (12), Hannah Aulinskis (12) and Danielle Gaines (12) came up with the idea for the club at the end of last year.

“We were all in the same Spanish 3 class, [and we] were all applying for the National Honor Society. We were like, ‘Oh, we don’t really have a club that we especially enjoy, so let’s make one that we enjoy.’ We decided to come up with Habitat for Humanity because [Marino’s mom] is one of the leaders for the actual Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Indiana Chapter,” Mapes said.

The leaders introduced service projects the group will be participating in this year, including building houses with Habitat for Humanity, working in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, modeling in Eco Chic Boutique’s fashion show and sponsoring a color run.

“I’m pretty excited for [the color run], and I’ve actually never really been on a build, so I’m actually pretty excited because I thought that’d be fun,” Marino said.
The club will continue meeting