SEMINOLE RIDGE HS STUDENTS BUILD HOUSE
The Seminole Ridge High School’s Weitz Construction Academy moved its seventh Habitat For Humanity house.
The program has built a home every year for the past seven years. Habitat for Humanity supplies the materials, the students provide the manpower.
“We worked on it almost every day,” Jacob Campbell, a senior said. “On off days, we would work with inspectors and make plans for the next task.”
Kendrick Wright, 43, and his family plan to move into the completed house later this spring. As part of the agreement, Wright has to complete a minimum of 400 ‘sweat equity’ hours before being able to purchase the house with a no-interest loan.
“The feeling is amazing, you’re like connected to this family because they’re working toward the project too,” Kyle Cole, a senior said. “The bond is right there.”
The three bedroom, two bath home was built in parts at Seminole Ridge High. The modules were then transported to the site of the new house in West Palm Beach, and assembled by a crew with a crane.
“I have so much love for them,” Wright said. “It brings me a lot of happiness seeing that this project is coming together.”
The students say they enjoyed working with Wright and say that the experience has made them value the effort it takes to build a house. Some are already charting their careers in construction. Students who graduate from the program walk away with their NCCER carpentry, OSHA 10 hour and 30-hour certifications.