For 31 years, area high school students have come together to learn trade skills while creating the small community of Clay View Estates just outside of Brazil on Pinckley Street.
Clay Building Trades is a unique program in the Clay Community School Corporation.
During the school year, high school students receive hands-on experience and instruction during the construction of a house. Skills like mathematics, measurements, understanding project blueprints and basic work ethics and safety procedures are a few of the invaluable tools students learn during the project.
"This is a unique and small class," said instructor Dan Dragon, who's been a part of the program since its beginning. "There is greater opportunity in this size class for students to be exposed to building skills and learn craftsmanship."
The house, once completed, is then sold to support the program.
This year's two-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,980 square feet living space and an attached garage, is the first one built on Don Miller Court, a section of the community named after a charter member serving as this year's acting president of the advisory board.
The project will be completed by spring, with a public Open House scheduled sometime in June.
"These young men do a great job focusing on the project," Dragon said while handing out jackets with the programs emblem on the back to students from Clay City and Northview High School. "The jackets are given to the students in appreciation for their first-year's completion of the project by the CBT Advisory Board."