Schools giving support to Habitat For Humanity Springhill

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL – Habitat for Humanity Springhill just achieved a milestone thanks to students who were willing to nickel-and-dime their way for the cause.

Representatives with the Springhill High School presented their coin-drive earnings for the Habitat For Humanity project in Springhill this week. Combining their efforts with the Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus, the project’s first $2,000 has been raised. Now elementary schools in the community are taking on the challenge to see if they can best the efforts of their peers.

Students at Springhill High held a two-week coin drive before issuing a challenge to the students at Nova Scotia Community College’s Cumberland Campus here in Springhill to best their efforts.

“The winning high school team, Nickel Ninjas and the Quarterbacks, raised approximately $400 of the $913.05 the high school raised and the college raised a total of $593,” NSCC and Habitat For Humanity Springhill’s Cheryl Veinotte-Mackey said. “With the money the college raised from small fundraisers, that brought it up to $1,119.”

Together, the two educational centres have raised Habitat For Humanity’s first $2,000.

“It’s only the first $2,000 of the $35,000 that needs to be raised but its exciting,” Veinotte-Mackey said.

To keep the fundraising momentum going, representatives with the college and high school have passed on the challenge onto Springhill’s elementary schools Junction Road Elementary and West End Memorial. who will add a few twists of their own to bolster the fundraiser.

“For 25-cents students can put their name in for a draw to paint the coin-drive houses made by the college,” Principal Sheila Maddison-Alick said. “And we’ll have the coin drive, with both schools participating.”

The fundraiser will be overseen by BEST teacher Stephanie Bowes, the Grade 6 class, including Grade 6 student Amber Stoddard, whose mother Chantal was the NSCC students and Habitat For Humanity Springhill committee member who accepted the coin drive challenge from Springhill High’s Cody Rector, who also sits on the Habitat For Humanity Springhill committee.

Right now fundraising is the crucial step for the success of the Habitat For Humanity project in the former mining town. Without the funds, or supplies in lieu of cash donations, the project won’t get the go-ahead, Veinotte-Mackey said.

If anyone wants to make donations, or might be interested in making a donation of a material kind, the can contact Veinotte-Mackey by calling 902-597-4502 or emailing

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Habitat For Humanity

Geographic location: Springhill, West End

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