Students Team Up with Habitat for Humanity for One-Day Build
Students from Woodberry Forest School in Madison County are hammering out more than just essays this semester.
The all-boys boarding school students spent Sunday hammering nails and framing what will soon be a three bedroom Habitat for Humanity home. The students are taking part in a Habitat for Humanity building blitz. When construction is finished a family in Orange County will finally have their own home.
The Habitat for Humanity "Road Trip Crazies" made a stop in Madison County Sunday. It's a group of volunteers who lead one-day building missions. Tom Gerdy, the Crazies leader, has dedicated 25 years of his life to building homes for families in need. When students at Woodberry Forest School reached out to him about building the home in Madison, he was on board.
"When we get a chance to work with young people and help them feel what it feels like to reach out and to make the world a better, we jump at that opportunity," he said.
Once the three bedroom frame is complete, it will be hauled off the Woodberry campus and out to Orange County.
Gerdy says the building process is broken down into very small tasks so that everybody can participate.
"Anybody can make a difference, as we are proving today, 14, 15-year-old young men, they are out here and they are building a home," he said.
Sunday's blitz was a community wide effort. Lumber and hardware companies donated supplies. Gerdy says he's impressed with the students' work ethic.
"They want to drive nails, they want to be in the midst of it and they jumped in immediately," he said.
The house benefits more than the family who will live in it. Students say they feel a sense of fulfillment.
"When we started, it was a pile of lumber and now there are walls up so we can really see the difference we've made," WFS student Kevin Treacy said.
The Lynchburg affiliate of Habitat for Humanity was also on hand to help the students.
Gerdy says the family will feel rewarded as well since they'll spend hundreds of hours helping with the build.
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