Beloit students building more than a house

Beloit Daily News: Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) teens working on the student house build start their day with the Pledge of Allegiance, before diving into work until 12:50 p.m. Despite their hours of wrestling with all facets of construction five days a week, they say it’s a labor of love in more ways than one.

“Out here, I am motivated,” said student Cory Davie.

“It’s more of a family here,” student Brandon Sachs said. “This program really brought a lot of us together.”

The team has only four weeks to finish the student house build at 2169 Staborn Drive, the second home built by students in the construction program.

Ray and Lynne Brown donated the property after the home burned down two years ago. The existing foundation from the former house is being used, although students are building the rest of the home from scratch. The team started in September and worked on every aspect of this house, with the exception of plumbing and HVAC which was done by professionals. The electric work is being done shoulder-to-shoulder with electricians, said Lyman Elliott, former social studies teacher turned Construction 4 instructor.

Elliott, who started teaching construction in January, had worked in trades and industry to pay his way through college and decided to take a different career turn by leading up the house build.

“This is good work. At the end of the day, we can say it’s attainable and achievable,” he said.

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