The Henry-Senachwine High School student body got into the spirit of giving during the week of December 10-14th. The students hosted a HOPE week in order to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. The students raised money in multiple ways - through T-shirt sales, raffles, a pie-in-the-face competition, arm wrestling, and penny wars. The fundraising continued at the boys’ basketball game Friday night with a dinner, more raffles, and a bake sale. As of December 21st , HSHS has collected over $4300 to help with the costs of the construction of the new house in Peoria.
The idea for HOPE week came from juniors Griffin Self, Grace Condit and Chloe Hartwig. These three individuals were selected to be on a teen council for the new Ronald McDonald House that is presently under construction in Peoria. The council is currently working with a group of students from across Central Illinois on spreading the word and educating their peers about the purpose of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. These three students brought the idea to their FBLA group and its sponsor and immediately got to work to create a fun week of activities that also informed students of the need to give back to our community. The culminating activity for HOPE week was an assembly where students were rewarded for their generosity - not only for their giving to HOPE week but also for participating in our annual HSHS Service Week.