South Lenoir High students build the American dream for grade - WNCT

South Lenoir High students build the American dream for grade

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Students in eastern North Carolina are helping others make their American dream come true, by putting their construction skills to use.

Dozens of high school students are learning how to build a home as part of carpentry elective at South Lenoir High School.

"You feel accomplished, and it's fun. You can kind of relax and get some stress out," said junior Caitlyn Moore.

Students are in charge of all the labor including putting up the framing, the siding, the roof, and painting the whole house.

"Starting on cinder blocks and building the frame of the house, and now looking at it, it's really cool to see how things came along, "said senior Spencer Floyd.

"Live Projects is what we call it. They can come and see how we can design, how we can build, how we can paint, how we can figure out the rafter links. All this applies to all of the subjects they have in school," said instructor and contractor Frank Emory.

Emory says this year the class is also learning how to be green.

"This year we added a green building type program where we begin to get into the environment, and how it effects the environment, where we can get our materials locally. We're getting into all kinds of projects that are coming out onto the market at this time, anything to do with green," said Emory.

The students say this hands-on experience is something they can take with them and use in the future.

"One day I'm going to have a house and I don't want to have to depend on my husband or someone like that to do everything. I want to be able to know some things to," said Moore.

"Personally I can take odds jobs around the house, or if you went into a career and become a contractor, like Mr. Emory and built homes for a living," said Floyd.

In June, the finished home is scheduled to be auctioned off. All the money from the sale goes back to carpentry program's next live project.

"It's just kind of cool to me to know that I built a house for another family," said Floyd.

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