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STAB Students Volunteer Help Build Affordable Housing in Charlottesville

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Students from St. Anne's-Belfield helped build affordable housing in Charlottesville on Wednesday. Students from St. Anne's-Belfield helped build affordable housing in Charlottesville on Wednesday.
They teamed up with Habitat for Humanity. They teamed up with Habitat for Humanity.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Students in Charlottesville are ditching the traditional classroom setting and heading to a construction site to help build affordable homes for families.

Students at St. Anne’s-Belfied School took a trip to the Lochlyn Hill neighborhood, where Habitat for Humanity has been working on building new and affordable houses.

Each winter, students at STAB take part in service projects across central Virginia. This is the third year the school and Habitat for Humanity have partnered together to give students the chance to engage with the community and learn life skills outside the classroom.

"It's so cool to see the progress being made and a lot of the families are here working and working with them has  been really cool," said STAB senior Maggie Eastleck.

Habitat for Humanity is known for building and rebuilding homes for lower-income families to live in. On Wednesday, students and teachers pitched-in by grabbing paint brushes and hanging dry wall throughout several homes.

“We get to study affordable housing and also contribute to some of the families that are in need in this community and students learn a lot of construction work,” said Allie Scheel, who is a math teacher at STAB. “They work hard. We see them in a non-academic setting and they’re pretty fantastic about it.”

Scheel says this is the perfect time of the year to donate your time. Since Habitat for Humanity of greater Charlottesville started in 1991, it has built 200 new homes and houses 2,000 people.