Students step up for Habitat

Kelly Snider
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BUILD. Many groups have been doing their share of work, for the construction of the four Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa homes on Cousineau St., including a class from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School.

Students working hard on the Habitat homes on Cousineau St.

Robert Simoneau, teacher of the Construction Project SHSM course, said grade 11 and grade 12 students have been coming to the build site since the third week of September, from Monday to Thursday.

"We pretty much do everything," said Simoneau. "[Students] help out with foundation, framing of floors, framing of walls, dug holes, pretty much everything. There is nothing we can't do except electrical and plumbing."

Simoneau said this has been a great experience for students.

"They love it...a bunch have started looking for jobs in the trade."

Alex Rossignol, 17, is a grade 12 students at Sir Wil. This is second year taking the class and he said it feels good to know what they're working on, is going to a family in need.

"I love [this course] because we've pretty much been able to do every different construction [aspect]. It also feels nice to help out."

Rossignol said it was this course and Simoneau that pushed and encouraged him to come to class and to push himself.

"This course helps a lot to get there [in a career in the field]."

Students will be working on the homes into December.

The four homes will be going to four different families. They are expected to be completed in early 2016.

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