Kaitlyn Sutton spent the night on the Brickyard last night as part of an effort to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. She wasn’t alone.
“I never imagined the Brickyard would be so busy at night,” says Sutton, a sophomore from Franklin, N.C., who is majoring in human biology.
Sutton was doing her shift at the shack built by the Caldwell Fellows for the 21st annual Shack-A-Thon, a weeklong effort to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Sutton was joined last night by other Caldwell Fellows, but also took in the buzz created by several other student organizations that are sponsoring shacks on the Brickyard.
The shacks were erected last weekend and will stay up until this weekend. Someone from the sponsoring organizations has to be at the shack at all time, including through the night. Sutton and two other Caldwell Fellows did their turn in their shack last night. She was joined this afternoon by Joseph Moo-Young, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., who is majoring in chemical engineering and textile engineering.
“It’s a fun way to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity,” Moo-Young says.
“It’s very creative,” Sutton says.
“It’s creative and fun,” Moo-Young says.
The Shack-A-Thon also gave the Caldwell Fellows a chance to talk with other students about their program and its emphasis on service leadership.
The Caldwell Fellows team raised $2,400 during the 2011 Shack-A-Thon, and are trying to double that total this year. To contribute to Habitat for Humanity through the Caldwell Fellows, visit their website.
The Caldwell Fellows program is an intensive leadership-development scholarship program that was created by the Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell.