High school students working to remodel local homes

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Local high school students are learning skills that last a lifetime. As part of a construction class, they're helping rebuild the area after Hurricane Michael.

"We're just coming here to help out someone that lost their home," said Rutherford High School student Lejaabrion Washington.

These Rutherford students are working to repair the home of a local vet. Tag-teaming with a construction class from Arnold High, these teens are turning their new trade into good work for the community: getting hands-on experience installing drywall.

"Which is a first experience for them doing that, we've done a lot of things in our class, but drywall hasn't been one of them," said Rutherford High Construction and Technologies Teacher Jason Rodgers.

For these students, they're learning the value of rebuilding the hard way after Hurricane Michael.

"I lost my home too. I had to help drywall up my house so it's not that hard, I pretty much did some drywall before," said Washington.

With little to no experience, these students are learning fast. They're being taught on the job skills from Hope Panhandle team member MacKenzie Kennedy. Hope Panhandle is a local non-profit that is powered by the St. Bernard Project (SBP).

"I'm really excited that I now am comfortable enough with it to teach other people and get people excited about things like hanging drywall," said Kennedy.

But for these teens it's about more than brick and mortar, it's about making a difference in their storm-ravaged hometown.

"It's a life goal to help someone in need, to make someone happy about coming back to their home, because I'm sure happy to be here too," said Washington.

If you're interested in volunteering to do remodeling work, Hope Panhandle is always looking for more assistance, click here.

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