Student Builders

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — It is hammer time in one Davenport neighborhood. Students from Davenport’s three public high schools are building a four bedroom home. The students are seniors and are working under the tutelage of a master carpenter.

The young “hard hats” work at the site five days a week. They measure, saw, put lumber in its place, and learn the other skills needed to construct a home.

“Safety First” is the motto. The student builders must wear safety glasses and hard hats. It’s really a win-win. The students learn skills which will help them should they pursue a career in the building trades.

The economy also gets a boost. The people sponsoring the program spend about one hundred fifty thousand dollars to buy materials and supplies.

This is the twentieth home built by Davenport students over the years. The one built last year sold for almost three hundred thousand dollars. The homes must meet city code and pass inspection.

Construction on this latest build should be finished in May. Student builders who understand there’s no place like home.