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Students build houses

November 18, 2003

Thomasville - Not every high school student gets the opportunity to build a new house, but students in Bob Keen's construction class, learn first hand what it takes to create a home. Keen says, "It's hard to teach construction in a shop where you're not doing anything that resembles house construction, so we started bringing the students off campus and building a house."

This is the 13th Habitat house the students have helped build since 1993. "The students needed the experience of building a house," says Keen, "So we brought the high school students to the job site."

One former student, Roderick Banks, helped build the first habitat house. He now volunteers his time and crew to help build each habitat home. Today, they are putting shingles on the roof. "He's a great guy," says Banks. "He taught me everything I know. He's now the reason I'm here today to do things that I'm doing now."

And it looks like Mr. Keen is the reason some of his current students will take that path as well. Junior Byron Brooks says, "He's a good teacher for us, shows us a lot of things. I learn everyday from it." And it looks like his other students do as well.

Each home takes about three months to complete. Volunteers are welcomed to participate every other Saturday.

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