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Senior Madison Locke "Hustles" to Help Habitat for Humanity

Cornerstone seniors are required to complete a capstone project, during which they consider their God-given gifts, talents, interests, and passions as they explore a final in-depth service project. 

Components of the senior legacy project include:

  • Community service focused on a social impact cause
  • Written research paper and reflection
  • Adjudicated oral presentation

Leading up to graduation in May, we will be highlighting one senior legacy project each month. 

This month, we interviewed Madison Locke about her Habitat Hustle 5K that she created to benefit Habitat for Humanity and veterans suffering from homelessness. 

For more information about the race on Sat, Mar 9, and to register as a runner, click here.

Why is Habitat for Humanity the organization you chose to support, and more specifically, their efforts to help homeless veterans? 

I chose to volunteer and support Habitat for Humanity for my senior project because of my passion for people and my desire to shine Christ’s light and love to those who are hurting and are often rejected by the world. 

I did not know what to expect when first starting my project. I decided to volunteer on a build site to complete a few of my service hours and dive right into the process behind the construction of these homes. I met the homeowner that day and talked to him a little bit about his story. He told me that he was so excited to finally be able to live in his own home and be able to have a real place to live. He told me that he was living in his car for a while and, although he was never completely homeless, he was definitely living in poverty, which should never occur for those who have fought for our freedom in America. 

The job site coordinator told me that he and his wife have both put numerous hours into helping build their own home and volunteering at others and have loved every minute of it. Their hardworking attitudes and joy were truly inspirational and brought a new level of excitement while I was working on my project. 

What inspired you to create a 5K for your project? 

I ran cross country last year for the first time. It was a tough season, and I wanted to quit at times, but the season taught me how to persevere, encourage my teammates, and support each other as a community. 

I was inspired to create my own 5K to be able to let people experience these same emotions while supporting a common cause to end the homelessness of veterans and those in need. I wanted people from all age groups to be able to participate and believe that there is just something about running that brings everyone together toward a common goal. 

What was involved in setting up the 5K?  

Setting up the 5k was quite a process. It involved large amounts of preplanning, contacting sponsors, securing a location, insurance, paperwork, design aspects, building a website, money management, budgeting, and many other aspects. There are still several tasks that need to be completed before the day of the race. 

Numerous people said it would be almost impossible to complete this project in such a short amount of time. By sticking with my plans and devoting hours of my time toward the project, it is well on track toward completion. I am excited to see everyone there helping support Habitat for Humanity. 

What do you hope participants will get out of the event? 

I hope that the participants will get a sense of accomplishment, community, and satisfaction in knowing that they have helped those in need. 

Do you hope to make this an annual event?  

As my legacy, I am hoping to pass this race down to someone next year to take on as their own senior project and possibly work alongside them. Habitat for Humanity has touched so many people’s lives and being able to support them and be a part of the entire organization brings a smile to my face. I hope it brings a smile to everyone else who donates, volunteers, and runs the race.