SWCC's Osceola High School Carpentry Class Plans Spring Habitat for Humanity Trip


Osceola—Southwestern Community College’s Osceola high school carpentry students are beginning to plan for what could be the trip of a lifetime.  The group will be traveling almost 900 miles south to Beaumont, TX, from April 5-11, 2009, to assist Habitat for Humanity with a home-building project.

During their time in Texas, SWCC students will be building homes for victims of Hurricane’s Rita and Ike.  Homeowners who were double affected-- first hit by Hurricane Rita in 2005, then during the rebuilding process were hit again by Ike in 2008--are first priority in this Habitat for Humanity project.  Charlie Mundy, SWCC’s Osceola carpentry instructor, is organizing the trip. 

According to Mundy, Habitat for Humanity organizers are excited about the prospect of having students with expertise in the area of carpentry for this venture.  Mundy feels community service is a wonderful component for students to be exposed to during their education.  He believes the trip will provide excellent life-experience for these student participants.  Approximately 19 students from Clarke, Murray, and Central Decatur will be making the trip.

Fundraising events to help cover trip expenses have already started.  A chili cookoff is scheduled for Friday, November 21, at 6 p.m. at SWCC’s Osceola Center.  During the cookoff, the group will be accepting free-will donations.  An auction is planned that evening as well.Students are also selling Pizza Hut cards for $10 each.  With this card in-hand, the customer can buy a large pizza and get a medium pizza free 12 times.  The card can be used at any Pizza Hut location.  Please contact any SWCC Osceola carpentry student or SWCC’s Osceola Center directly to purchase a card.

Mundy plans to make a community-service related trip a bi-annual experience for students in SWCC’s Osceola high school carpentry program.