High school juniors are learning life lessons while building for those in need. At Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey, building wall frames for a Habitat for Humanity home is just one of the ways that students are learning skills, applying math, and helping others.
192 juniors worked on the Habitat for Humanity project. Arianna Khubani had them all beat for experience. She had participated in Rustic Pathways, a non profit organization that builds homes and schools in Tanzania and Thailand. She felt that community service was a great way to learn, especially when it can be done abroad.
“We need this aspect in our lives. And, it’s a great opportunity to bond,” she said.
Principal Jeremy Davies also has experience building affordable homes for people in need. He was a Habitat for Humanity International volunteer when he was a college student.
However, he didnt get his sweat equity overseas. “I ended up across the river in Camden, ” he said. “We slept on a church basement floor for a week.”