Students Lend A Helping Hand While In Class

By KBJR News 1

September 14, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2010 at 8:47 AM CDT

This morning more ground was broken on an addition to an already standing Habitat house, but this time some of the volunteers will be double checking their work, because their being graded on it.

This school year, Jake Dahl gets to try his hands at something he likes to do, while he is in school.

"I am really interested in getting some hands on experience. Plus it's worth college credit and it's a good use of my time," said Dahl.

A good use because he and the rest of his classmates will be building an addition to this Habitat For Humanity Home while they are in school.

It's a partnership with a "Building construction class" out of the Virginia High school.

The students are made up of some juniors, but mostly seniors from both Virginia, as well as Gilbert–Eveleth.

Mark Lehto is an industrial technologies instructor at Virginia high school and will be leading the class.

"It would be a real good project for kids that are learning the trade, because it will be using a lot of modern technology that they will need in the future," said Lehto.

The students will be helping build a 377 square foot addition on to the back end of the house.
That addition will include two new bedrooms and a half bath.

Lehto says while this is the second time he has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, this is the first time this group of kids have gotten to work on this type of project.

"This group of kids I have had in wood tech classes, but not in Building Construction, so this is all new for them also, and they're excited about it," said Lehto.

And they aren't the only ones.

John Hedin and his family will be getting the keys to the house.

Hedin says while his family deeply appreciates the work the students will be putting in on his house, the students will be gaining just as much from this experience.

"I remember in school myself, we didn't have anything like that. We had no idea what the work world was like. And this should give them a good idea," said Hedin.

Construction on the addition is expected to begin as soon as tomorrow.
The class and the project will be completed next year in late May.