Top: Junior and senior Northview High School students from the Building Trades program take a break Wednesday morning from hard work and flex their muscles. Pictured from left to right are (front row) Ben Witt, Bill Wells (middle row) Tony Holmes, Tim Holmes (back row) Building Trades Assistant Instructor Rod Clarke, Adam Raines, Matt Deakins, Brian Metz, Tyler Sinders and Building Trades Instructor Dan Dragon.
Bottom: Northview student Bill Wells moves a stack of papers that came from the old Building Trades classroom, an almost 20-year-old trailer, into the new classroom, a new trailer that was anonymously donated to Clay Community Schools.
Learning and experience come hand in hand as juniors and seniors from Clay County bring their group assignment to life. Students enrolled in the Clay Community Schools Building Trades program spent Wednesday morning moving into their new classroom.
According to instructor Dan Dragon, the previous classroom was an 18- or 19-year-old trailer that had a leaking roof and uninsulated pipes. An anonymous benefactor donated a new trailer that will serve as the student's classroom.
Students in the Building Trades program learn how to build a house from the ground up. Students build the foundation and walls, install insulation, windows, garage doors, plumbing and electrical. The students do not install floor coverings, guttering or heating units.
Clay View Estates has a total of 35 lots that have been set aside for the Building Trades program. Students are finishing the eighth home in the subdivision. According to Dragon, this is the 32nd house in Brazil built in the program's 32 years of existence.
If anyone is interested in getting on the list to purchase a home from the Building Trades program, contact Dan Dragon at 812-448-8321.