The 56 students who make up the Heathwood Hall class of 2019 became the 32nd class to complete their Heathwood Hall experience by doing home repairs for families in the Johns Island area. The students, along with 17 faculty members and three parents of alums, worked at six different sites on Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, and Hollywood from May 24-27.
The senior class officers and executive council members provided great leadership for their classmates as the students hammered, sawed, and painted away over the Memorial Day weekend. David McCoy, Keith Johnson, and Davis Buchanan (dads of alums) provided invaluable technical assistance while faculty and staff members provided supervision and worked with the students to demo the decks and build new ones at the Singleton and Frazier homes, build a new handicapped ramp for Ms. Frazier, repair a roof leak and replace rafter ends at Ms. Daisy’s home, repair the steps at the Ford home, and paint the front and back decks for Ms. Chaplin. Additionally, a team did some interior painting at the Wadmalaw Community Center, which provides free meeting space for senior citizens and other residents on Wadmalaw Island.
The evenings provided an opportunity for the students and faculty to play board games, play cards, listen to music, and recount memorable stories in the classroom, on the stage, on the athletic fields, and on field trips. The group attended a local church service on Sunday and received a hearty welcome from the Wesley United Methodist Church on Johns Island. Senior class president Allison Hall was invited to the lectern to speak on behalf of the class and did an outstanding job of articulating why they were on Johns Island and appreciation for the opportunity to continue the rich Heathwood Hall tradition of service to others. Ms. Eleanora Ellington , pastor for the church, gave a lesson that addressed the importance of passing on the blessings that God has given to us, by giving and serving as we’re able and commended the students for sharing their time and talents with others.
The seniors and the adults all returned late Monday night tired, but also proud of the opportunity and the ability to “bless others as they have been blessed.” Many thanks to John Adams, Bryce Bancroft, Davis Buchanan, Janis Corley, Gigi Dawson, Mary Beth Fry, Elizabeth Grove, Cate Guimaraes, Elise Hagstette, James Hane, Chris Hinchey, Keith Johnson, Nadege Keller, David McCoy, Lisa Norman, Scotty Peek, George Scouten, Jay Spearman, Kelly Turbeville, Willis Ware, Stan Wood, and Adrianne Woods for helping to make the trip a huge success. Way to go class of 2019!