High School Students Build Home for Family in Need


Wednesday morning on Fox and Friends, Ainsley Earhardt highlighted a unique class project at Roxbury High School in New Jersey. Students enrolled in the structural design and fabrication program are building a house in their school’s parking lot which will be moved offsite and given to a family in need. The idea started with teacher Frank Caccavale who wanted his students to learn all aspects of construction through an authentic learning experience. Morris Habitat for Humanity has partnered with the program to help build the home. 

School superintendent, Loretta Radulic, shared that she is proud of the students who are getting a head start on their futures, and are able to work on a project they are passionate about. Caccavale added that the school is “committed to increasing students’ technological and engineering literacy through the skilled trades,” and this program is allowing them to learn and grow those skills. 

Blair Schleicher Wilson, the CEO of Morris Habitat for Humanity, explained that the need for affordable housing is high in New Jersey. In response to Ainsley’s inquiry about the process for finding the family who will live in the house, Blair shared that they select applicants based on three criteria including need, income, and willingness to partner. They expect to receive 250-300 applications, and the selection will be made in February or March.


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