High school students aim to build Habitat for Humanity House

NEENAH – Some Fox Cities high school students are trying to make a difference for a family in need.

The students have gotten together to build a Habitat for Humanity house. They’re calling their project Operation: Building Hope.

Now, they need to raise $75,000 to build the house and they’re doing it one fundraiser at a time.

Friday night the Neenah High School held a drive in movie night by projecting Disney’s Frozen onto the outside of the auditorium.

Movie goers were in high spirits before the show Friday.

“I love the movie Frozen and I wasn’t gonna pass up driving this lovely truck here!” exclaimed Ally Kaul.

“I’m really excited! I haven’t seen Frozen yet, unlike these guys. So I’m really excited, I’ve heard great reviews on it,” said Kauri Jensen.

But this event isn’t just about the movie. This is part of “Operation Building Hope” to build a Habitat for Humanity house.

“It’s something we can help build, help leave a mark in the Fox Valley. I can’t imagine not having a home. So to help a family get a home is a truly amazing cause,” explained Trevor Nelson, one of the Neenah students who came up with the idea.

But he is not alone in making it reality. To reach the $75,000 needed to build the house, Nelson and his peers got six other area high schools on board.

“Each school is doing some specific fundraisers for their own cities so you get to see their creativeness as they come up with pretty cool fundraisers,” said Nelson.

Neenah High School’s Principal says he is proud of the teens’ hard work.

“I’m gonna miss them, a lot of them are seniors! So we’re gonna take advantage of them, no, we’re gonna enjoy them for the next couple of weeks and they’ve set a really high bar so hopefully our underclassmen see this and keep it moving,” said principal Brian Wunderlich.

And visitors were happy to help.

“It’s fun being able to hang out with your friends and raise money for something really important,” said Caitlin Kapp.

“I just think it’s a really cool thing we’re doing as a school and as a community for a good cause,” said Carley Ramich.

Nelson told FOX 11 he just wants to make a difference in his community before heading off to college.

“You really stand out when you make a difference and if you help a good cause on the way there, it’s great,” said Nelson.

The plan is for the students to build the house for a family in Kaukauna over the summer.

The seven schools taking part are Neenah High School, Appleton East High School, Appleton West High School, Appleton North High School, Kimberly High School, Kaukauna High School and St. Mary Central.

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