WESTERN'S HOMECOMING PROJECT                                                                                                         

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University students have always taken pride in their involvement with the community service projects that have become part of Homecoming events, but this year they are taking that pride “to the house.”

Actually, make that “houses,” as this year's project will find members of the campus community building playhouses to support Habitat for Humanity.

It's just the latest example of a community service initiative that has become a part of Homecoming events at Western since 1996, as students and faculty usually devote several days to a community service project every fall. Past community service projects have included litter pick-ups, fund-raising campaigns, canned food drives and a landscaping project at a Jackson County park.

This year, Western students will construct two playhouses on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The playhouses will be carried through Sylva on floats during the annual parade Friday, Oct. 22, and auctioned off to raise money for the charitable organization.  

Between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, students will assist in the production of two 6-by-10 foot houses. After construction is complete, one house will be auctioned at the end of Homecoming week. The other house will be auctioned the week of the Western vs. Appalachian State game. The proceeds from both auctions will be donated to the Jackson County branch of Habitat for Humanity to assist in projects that are taking place in Western North Carolina .

Raffle tickets for the Homecoming auction are $5 each. For more information, contact Tim Inman, resident director of the Village, at (828) 227-2407.

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