When 10 Blair students arrived in Wilmington, Del., to begin a week of community service work with Habitat for Humanity in mid-June, Chaplain Cindy Crowner made a call to the local coordinator of Habitat volunteers. He asked, “Have you guys ever heard of the Peddie School? They are going to be working alongside you this week. They asked me if you had brought along the Kelley-Potter Cup to return to them. What does that mean?”
Rev. Crowner laughed and immediately thought, “Wow, what a great way to teach the Blair volunteers to ‘love our enemies.’” However, it turns out that Peddie arrived with only six volunteers, while the Blair team included 10 students and two adults. “We just can’t help beating Peddie!”
After five days of hard labor, the Blair contingent participated in the dedication of new townhouses and the presentation of the keys to the eight families who have each given 250 hours of work on these units. It was moving to witness the mostly single parents and their children become the official owners of their homes, financed with 0% interest loans from Habitat. “Hundreds of volunteers from the local community and groups like Blair’s made their dream of home ownership come true and the units are gorgeous,” said Rev. Crowner. “It was a moment of pure joy for all present.”
Students who participated in this build included rising seniors Audrey Snyder ’13, Jung Lee ’13, Matt DeSalvio ’13, Nick Corrado ’13, Forrest Gallagher ’13, Kira Liva ’13, Ali Surdoval ’13, Emily Boak ’13 and Jeremy Joachim ’13, as well as rising junior Bettina Mariano ’14, plus chaperones Mark Connors and Rev. Crowner.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity, please visit www.habitat.org.