Eight Calvert Hall College High School students and nine students from Notre Dame Preparatory School — along with three chaperones — took part in a trip to the eastern shore of Virginia last month, where they spent five days helping build a house.
Much of the house's framework had been built and siding was in place, but during the week students tackled jobs including assembling framework for walls, guiding electrical wiring, mounting trim around the outside of the house, installing a roof on a front porch and assembling railings and spindles around the porch.
Students attending from Notre Dame Prep were Ali Mazurek, Rachel Bolte, Katy Gloth, Katie Corbett, Hope Thompson, Julia Bellantoni, Kyla Keefe, Maggie Julio and Kate Somerville.
Students from Calvert Hall were Mike Tincher, Sam Petronelli, Sean Chaikowsy, Jimmy Carr, Jon Young, Ryan Keenan, Jake Grunewald and Evan Zimmer.
While working on the house, students had the opportunity to learn about the area's migrant worker population through an organization known as Telamon — which offers human services to farmworkers, children of low-income families and people with special needs.
Several students traveled to a migrant worker camp where an Americorps volunteer introduced them to workers, showed them the sparse accommodations where they live, and helped the students get to know some of their families through a soccer game.
One of the highlights of the week was when Notre Dame students Corbett and Bolte presented house-warming presents to the future owner of the Habitat for Humanity house, who cried at receiving the gifts.
submitted by Evan Zimmer,
Calvert Hall, Class of 2013