Lufkin students pass house off to Habitat

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin High School Skills USA students formally handed off their house Wednesday to Habitat for Humanity.

According to instructor Brian Crews, the team needed to give the house to Habitat before they left for their national competition in Kansas on Sunday. This allowed them to show they had completed their year-long goal of building the house.

Crews said Habitat for Humanity will now determine which family will inherit the house.

The mission to complete an eco-friendly house began way back in August. What it became was a true test of teamwork.

"It was designed by drafting students," Crews said. "It was built by building trade students. We have journalism students involved."

The project drew the support of hundreds of students.

"You just got to work with everybody" team member Clark Groom said. "You get to learn different ways of doing stuff."

The school-wide effort pushed the team to where they are now: heading to the national SkillsUSA competition in Missouri. But before they leave, it was time to dedicate the house to Habitat for Humanity.

"We wanted to have some closure to this," Crews said. "So, the students could finalize their speeches and everything and their presentation."

Now, the Angelina County Habitat Board will find the perfect future homeowners.

"A lot of times it makes a difference in their children and the attitudes of the children," said Judy Temple, Habitat director. "Because they have a nice place. A place they can bring friends, a place they can be proud of."

That's something the LHS SkillsUSA team can be proud of.

"We did something for the community, the high school, something new, something different," Groom said.

"When you were little you were told it takes a village to raise a child," team member Mary Rojo said. "Now, the children are raising the village. They're giving back."

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