High School students help Habitat for Humanity

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Fifteen lucky students are helping a family create a home with Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. The Non-Profit pairs up with high schools, creating a learning environment for youth, while helping the community.

Students with the Summer Construction Education program are preparing for their future in Building, Marketing, and everything in between. The Director of Education for Employment says students from fourteen school districts fill out applications, interview, and are hand picked for this opportunity.

Habitat for Humanity allows them to get hands on experience in the construction trade. The remodeling project on Phillips Drive in Champaign allows students to learn everything from roofing, siding, and how to install windows. One student says he’s looking to start his own construction business, and this was the perfect way to see if its a good fit.

“When I entered the program, it was just like, an extra thing, even if I don’t like it I’m still helping out some people, so it works out either way” said Preston Richardson from Rantoul.

This is the third week students have been working on it, and will be done on June 30th. Volunteers will then take over, and should have it complete in three months.

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