Training Students Through Habitat in Davidson County
Marjorie Parker admires the neat,
new Habitat for Humanity home in Lexington that was being dedicated in early
November 2017 and reels off a litany of generosity, dedication and hard work
that made it possible. The land was donated. Brick, blocks and labor were donated
by Triad Masonry. Unilin Flooring
provided the floors, and volunteers installed it. Atrium Windows and Doors provided,
appropriately, the windows and doors. And all
the labor was the work of many hands, all volunteers – including the interior
painting, done by board members of the Lexington Habitat affiliate.
Parker, executive director of Lexington Area Habitat for Humanity, remembers
most the students who honed their skills on this house that will soon be home
to a family of five. “Three local high
schools participated in the building of the home,” Parker says.
Senior High School shop class students helped with framing the house, and
they built the outdoor storage shed and a picnic table under the supervision of
their teacher, Jeff Mahoney. West Davidson High School Future
Farmers of America worked on the landscaping. And
Central Davidson Senior High School’s electrical class provided the
electrical work under the supervision of Dwayne Buie, their teacher, who is a
the house was good experience for his Electrical Trades class, says Buie, who
has taught for 15 years. “Sixteen
students helped us work on the house. They began with the start of
construction,” Buie explains. It was a job that required the students to do
basically what an electrical contractor would do. The project took his class
about three weeks’ worth of three-hour-per-day classes. And it passed inspection
on the first go-round.
looks back on the students who worked on the Habitat home: A couple of them are
doing electrical work. Others are HVAC specialists, and some are into installation
of security systems. But the real satisfaction is in a job well done. And the
work gave his students a taste of the trade and the chance to decide for
themselves whether it’s a profession they would like to pursue.
Best of all, for Marjorie Parker, those students, representing three high schools, did good work for a good cause. And today a young family has a solid foundation for their future. And it’s all because a big group of people got together and gave the family a boost.
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