GREAT FALLS – “It’s a hole today, but as Sherrie said, it will be a home before we know it, and that is just so exciting to be a part of,” Great Falls Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Lacey said.
Great Falls High School and C.M. Russell High School students put aside their rivalry and came together for the groundbreaking of the 41st high school house to be built.
The construction site will be at 1509 6th Ave NW.
Partnering with NeighborWorks Great Falls, students in construction courses and even interior design will work throughout the school year in building a low-income affordable home.
“It’s gives you a step up above everyone else. You’re not really starting off fresh right out of high school. You have a setup, got experience from other people,” Great Falls High senior Reno Pospiso said.
Students can earn apprenticeship hours and eventually be considered for jobs in the area come graduation.
The students on site admitted the project does not feel like a homework assignment.
“It’s fun working in the classroom obviously, like learning all this stuff, but it’s something else when you get to put the classes from school and then you get to use them here at the house,” Pospisio said.
Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News