Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills Partners with Local Business to Build Home for Employee:
Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills has built or repaired more than 300 homes in Moore and Richmond counties over the past three decades, but until now had never partnered with a business to construct a new residence for an employee of that company.
Enter St. Joseph of the Pines, who is helping employee Stacy Martin move from an apartment complex into a four-bedroom home being built in Aberdeen.
“We are thrilled to partner with St. Joseph of the Pines on this special build,” said Amie Fraley, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. “It’s inspiring to see an employer so committed to its colleagues.”
Martin, 31, is a housekeeper at The Coventry on the St. Joseph of the Pines campus in Southern Pines.
Steven Kastner, president and CEO of St. Joseph of the Pines, serves on the local Habitat Board of Directors. “We feel a real connection to Habitat by living our mission of serving together as a transforming, healing presence in our community,” Kastner said.
Fraley agreed, saying, “Homeownership leads to motivated employees able to focus on their work. We look forward to continuing this relationship to serve our community together.”
Fraley said the partnership with St. Joseph of the Pines has been such a success that Habitat would like to grow the concept.
“We hope to partner with other lead employers so they can identify hardworking employees who meet our criteria,” she said. “We value local employers who recognize that teaming up with Habitat is a worthwhile investment.”
Annual Robotics Showcase for Local Students
On May 6, 2016 Pinecrest High School hosted the second annual robotics showcase for Moore County elementary students, designed to highlight their technological skills.
The action-packed event featured 44 elementary student teams programming their robots to complete board challenges.
Steve Johnson, assistant director of Technology, pointed out that the competition was not just about the robotics. It’s about the students using their problem solving skills and persevering through challenging tasks.
Pinecrest also hosted a Middle School Robotics Competition on May 11.
“This was our first middle school event for robotics,” Johnson said. “It was set up like an Olympic style event with student robots from 25 teams competing in varied tasks and challenges. There was a space for inventions here as well.”
The teams were judged on categories including teamwork, collaboration and perseverance.
Photo by Raul R. Rubiera