“Yesterday I got to put in a window, and that was a big accomplishment,” said Julia Branscombe, 11, a rising sixth-grader at the Key School. She had to hunch down atop scaffolding to nail it in, she said.
The students have received a help and instruction from a team of community volunteers. Rogers Belch, lead carpenter, has years of experience building homes with Habitat for Humanity. He said he’s “constantly thinking of how to make [the project] meaningful for the kids,” often stopping to explain the construction process and encouraging them to take leadership roles.
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