Heathwood students and families celebrated with Dining Commons employee Rebecca Macon on February 23 at the dedication of her new house.
Rebecca’s house was constructed by Habitat for Humanity. As always with Habitat homes, Rebecca herself had to contribute considerable sweat equity. But she also had help from the Heathwood community. On two separate Saturdays, as construction of Rebecca’s home entered its final stages, Heathwood students, faculty, and parents pitched in in significant ways.
Nineteen students joined Head of School Chris Hinchey, teachers Willis Ware and Elise Hagstette, and parent and alum Margaret Willcox on January 9 to install all the insulation in the house and break up the old concrete in the driveway. On February 6, 16 students and Mr. Ware returned to the house and did all the interior prep and painting.
As the house neared completion, Middle School students and families began collecting home goods, food, and gift cards as housewarming gifts, which were presented to Rebecca at the dedication by 7th grader Claire McDonald.
While Heathwood students are engaged in community service throughout the year, says Willis Ware, “what made this project unique was that it was connected to someone our students know. That made it very tangible. And to be able to contribute to the final stages of Ms. Rebecca’s home was really neat.”