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Cy-Fair ISD Students Serve on Habitat Projects

| June 1, 2010

Cypress Ranch sophomore Michael Nguyen and fellow Key Club students lay sod at a house being built by Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County.

VOLUNTEERS HELP FAMILIES IN NEED

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD students are branching out to the community through the Northwest Harris County branch of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization devoted to building simple, decent and affordable housing.

Student groups from Cy-Fair, Cypress Woods and Cypress Ranch high schools conducted projects during the spring.

The Cypress Ranch Key Club, led by teacher and sponsor Jennifer Hydes, helped out future Habitat homeowners by laying 20 pallets of sod, emptying a large trailer of debris into a dumpster and closed out the day by painting the exterior of the house.

Hydes previously worked with Habitat as the Key Club sponsor at Cy-Fair High School. She continued the tradition with Cypress Ranch students, who came away from the April 10 project with a valuable experience.

“Doing something for a good cause and getting dirty was the best feeling knowing that it’s all going to families who need the houses,” said Cypress Ranch freshman Rachel Horn. “I enjoyed the manual labor because nothing bonds you more with other volunteers than working together and that feeling of accomplishment when you finish your task.”

“After seeing what some of the people who lived in the area had, and after hearing some of the stories about what Habitat does, it really opened my eyes and made me appreciate what I have at my own home,” said Cypress Ranch sophomore Conor McInnerney. “I walked away feeling not only blessed by how fortunate my family is, but also with a greater understanding of some of the hardships people face in their everyday lives.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Northwest Harris County, visit habitatnwhc.org.

Cypress Ranch freshman Rachel Horn paints the exterior of the Habitat house during the April 10 project.


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