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Huey's Home Goods serves Horizon High School students

Huey's Home Goods serves Horizon High School students

As of September 28, 2022, Horizon High School has established and opened a new resource closet called Huey’s Home Goods. Its mission is to support the engagement of students and the highest level of learning by ensuring basic needs are met at school and home.

A similar idea had been developed and implemented in the spring of 2022 in Tracy Ziettlow’s SOAR class. At Horizon High School, the SOAR program specifically helps to develop skills in the areas of community and civic engagement, leadership, community service, experiential learning as well as demanding a high level of academic rigor. During their junior year, SOAR students are required to develop a semester-long community service project inspired by a passion or area of personal interest. The students must build a team of 2-4, research an area of need in their community, develop a project designed to address the social issue of concern, execute a project, then present their impact to a set of judges. The top three teams are awarded a monetary scholarship to put towards their future post secondary plans. The specific SOAR group consisted of members Lauryn Munsch, Madison Fillerup, Amy Mae Lundstrom and Lizzy Crawford who began to develop the project, named Healthy Horizons, and consequently had already run a successful food/toiletries donation drive for the school.

Over the summer of 2022, Horizon High School was able to secure grant funding from the Five Star Education Foundation. Once the items were collected these and other SOAR students volunteered their time to set up the resource closet by taking inventory, fulfilling orders, and passing out the various items to students. Their goal to ensure this project is sustainable after their junior year was fulfilled by the continuation of the resource closet through Huey’s Home Goods. Huey’s Home Goods builds a diverse community and provides resources like food, household items, toiletries, easy-to-heat foods, and warmer clothes like hats, gloves, and sweatshirts. Housed in a space near the library, students can sign up in advance and then pick up their order on Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m. This resource closet would not be possible without the generous support of the Five Star Education Foundation, Principal Erica Fleeman, Assistant Principal Lisa Saunar, Dean Nicole Ward, Horizon’s former Wraparound Facilitator Megan Tracy, and the amazing group of SOAR students for making this a reality for Horizon students and their families. Horizon mascot Huey the Hawk cut the ribbon for the Huey’s Home Goods Resource Closet on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and this resource closet continues to serve our Horizon students, families, and community.

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