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BOCES Students Building Homes

When you think of high school students you probably don't think of them building professional quality homes. At Herkimer BOCES, they do.

Every year at Herkimer BOCES a group of students start building a brand new house from the ground up.

From the outside you would think that this house is being built by professionals.  That’s not the case.  Juniors and seniors at Herkimer BOCES are building it from scratch.

 

"It’s kinda an honor to think that the home owners would want students to build their house for them and it’s just a lot of fun to do it for them and to see how happy they are as its being built," said student Quentin Cool.

The students say they chose the program because of what they learn.

“Every day we come in here always doing something different, learning something new.  We just do a lot of work," said Cool.

The kids learn everything from taping walls to hanging sheetrock, but that’s not the only thing they're learning.

“It teaches them work ethic.  It teaches them respect.  It teaches them how to work as a group and work out their differences as a group.  They know that on a daily basis somebody may not get along with somebody else, but they still have to provide a service to the homeowner," said BOCES instructor John Martin.

Students say that building this house from the ground up fills them with satisfaction and pushes them to learn more.

“We take a lot of pride in our work, so it looks nice every day.  You come in and you feel that, that glorious feeling.  Like, I’ve done this.  I’ve done a great job," said student Jonathan Spencer.

Tonight there is an open house at the Herkimer BOCES to go over the specifications for next year’s house and to give information about the lottery system that will determine the homeowners for next year’s house.

           

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