Proctor Students Building House With American-Made Materials
Posted at: 10/16/2013 8:20 PM
| Updated at: 10/17/2013 9:34 AM
By: Laurie Stribling
Some Proctor students are giving school projects a new meaning. High school students are building a house from the ground up.
The construction site is louder than a library and the homework usually requires a hammer, but that's why students said they like it.
"I just like being outside all the time and working with my hands instead of sitting at a desk all day," senior Brodie Nordquist said.
The construction class builds a home each year, but this year there is a twist.
"We're trying to shoot for all-American made," teacher Chris Rauzi said.
Rauzi said all materials being used on the house are made in the United States and usually bought locally.
"It brings a lot more into the community," Rauzi said. "We try to get a lot of stuff local...or as close as possible."
The construction class has built about a dozen houses in Proctor over the years and students said the highlight of the class is finishing them.
"I got to meet the people that bought the last house and they loved it," senior Keenan McGovern said. "It's cool to know we can do that and we're a bunch of high school students doing it."
While these students are building houses, they are also building resumes.
"I'm actually planning on going into the trades after high school," senior Isaac Scherber said. "I want to own my own business with my brothers and reconstruct houses."
Students may be working on just one home this year, but Rauzi said the entire community feels like an owner.
"It's something that Proctor is proud of," Rauzi said.
When the house is done, it is put on the market and sold. All the money goes back into the program and the school.