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Morris High waiving fee for Habitat home

Board accepts pair of donations

As Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity constructs its second home in its Morris subdivision, Morris Community High School District 101 is supporting Habitat’s cause by waiving the school site donation fee.

The school board met Monday and approved waiving the fee, which would have been around $1,665, said Superintendent Dr. Pat Halloran.

Morris Elementary School District 54 will be asked to do the same thing. And the city of Morris has waived its permit and sewer and water tap on fees, according to the letter from Habitat for Humanity to the school board.

Rey Mercado and his daughters are the recipients of Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity’s 10th house. It is the second home being constructed in Habitat’s first subdivision, Hancock Page, named after the organization’s founding members Randy Hancock and Janet Page. The subdivision is on North Street on the old papermill property.

Habitat for Humanity works with low-income families to build homes and provide no-interest mortgages. As part of the deal, the families perform labor on their own homes and help with the construction of other homes.

Families who receive a home from Habitat for Humanity are required to contribute 400 hours of “sweat equity” toward the construction of their house.

In other business, the district accepted donations from Laguna Tools and the Morris Lions Club.
Laguna Tools is donating $33,000 to the school for the final cost of a $40,000 industry-ready CNC machine, which is a manufacturing machine from Laguna Tools. The high school is paying for the remaining $7,000 through another resource, as well as for the shipping.

Principal Kelly Hussey said this donation was a result of Industrial Technology Teacher Mark Smith’s relationship with the company.

“This machine will move our current student work in manufacturing up to today’s industry standards,” Hussey said in a letter to the board.

The Lions Club donated $300 that the school is using to purchase three new e-readers for the library.

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