These Lumpkin County CTAE students are getting the ultimate in a hands-on education. The Habitat project is there every day, waiting for them beneath a specially constructed pavilion next to instructor Jeff Bearinger’s carpentry workshop.
“For me, giving back is a big part of why I teach,” Bearinger says. “Everyone needs to give back. It allows the kids to see a need and be able to look back and say, ‘Wow, I’ve been a part of that.’ It’s more than just getting a grade; they can say, ‘I made a difference in somebody’s life.’”
Slated for completion in fall of 2020, the home is the fourth Bearinger’s students have built on campus since 2017. Each finished home is transported by trailer to a local neighborhood to join other Habitat residences.
The homes are a win for everyone involved – the families who ultimately move into them and the students who not only gain the hands-on experience, but also learn the value of helping fellow citizens in need.