Students building a home for Habitat for Humanity

Published: Oct. 13, 2016 at 7:14 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Few people can say they’ve built a home, but that’s exactly what a group of District 205 students are doing as part of a construction class.

Guilford High School students in their third year of construction trades classes are breaking ground on a house they’ll build by themselves. The program started with students building panels for Habitat for Humanity homes in a construction class and has now blossomed to students doing everything from electrical and plumbing to dry walling and painting.

Teacher mark Anderson says the program is helping kids find something they like in school and is reigniting their interest in learning.

"It's brought a passion back to some of these kids. They went to school and they don't like any of their classes nothing's driving them. Now they found something that excites them. They come to school, they go to their other classes and they want to pass them so they can be a part of this,” says Guilford High School teacher.

Anderson says introducing them to all the different trades that go along with construction can help students find an area that they like the most.

The class expects to have the home complete by the end of the school year.

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