Math skills are definitely in use outside the classroom, with a project having students build a second home for Habitat for Humanity.

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Poudre Builds is a project launched by three geometry teachers from Poudre High School in Fort Collins. Last year the program built a home for a local resident in the school parking lot. The house was moved to its final location earlier this year.

This year’s build will involve approximately 80 students and will house a mother and daughter,  Carolyn and Marin Loughlin.  Currently, they share one room. “I’m like most people in Fort Collins,” Carolyn Loughlin said. “My rent goes up every year, more and more. … You cut back so much, but there comes a time when you can’t cut back anymore.”

Poudre Builds is a “geometry and co9nstruction” program, and there are about 200 across the nation. According to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kristin Candella most schools build a doghuouse or a shed.  Poudre High School is one of six schools that build homes.

“If the funding was there to fund these houses, we would do them all day long and have every school involved,” Candella said. “It allows us to make a bigger community ripple, a bigger community impact.”

Poudre Builds seeks donations of materials, and a typical Habitat home requires a sponsorship of $100,000 for building materials.

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