Perry County Students Build House

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

Perry Central and Hazard High School may be rivals, but that did not stop students from both schools from working on the same volunteer project. The high school volunteers came together to build a house for an under privileged family as part of the "United We Build" program. They spent the past two Saturdays building this house from the ground up.

That is the sound of high school volunteers hard at work, hammering and putting the finishing touches on the house they helped build from the ground up.

"They told us that the family that's getting the house wouldn't be able to move in until the Spring unless we came out to do this and now they're going to move in before the Winter so it makes you feel really good knowing you helped somebody out," said Holly Whitaker, a volunteer from Hazard High School.

The students say they picked up the carpentry skills quickly.

"The carpenters show us what needs to be done and the kids pick it up really well. It's not really all that hard if you pay attention to what you're doing," said Brittany Tindle, a Perry Central Volunteer.

When the students first started, they were working on the interior of the house. But now they're working on finishing the roof.

"The inside walls were definitely harder to put up than the roof. It's a little scarier being on the roof, but it was harder getting through the inside to get all the walls put up," Tindle explained.

"We'll turn it over to the professionals to do the electrical and plumbing and hopefully come January, this house will be sold to a family in need of a house," said Scott McReynolds, the executive director of the Housing Development Alliance, the organization in charge of this house raising.

The students say it was a rewarding experience.

"You get a really good feeling inside when you know you're doing something good to help the people around you that need it and benefit your area as a whole," Whitaker said.

More than 30 students helped with this project.The "united We Build" house raising project is part of the Housing Development Alliance. The organization serves Perry, Knott, Leslie and Breathitt counties.

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