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SCVTHS Carpentry students with their instructor and supervisor in front of new playhouse they constructed for local family

(l-r) SCVTHS students Armando Garcia of Bridgewater, Tyler Lozier of Manville, Vincent Puleio of Belle Mead, William Rogus of Branchburg, Josiah Gonzalez of Hillsborough, Steven LaRosa of Bridgewater, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Rob Carrig and SCVTHS Carpentry Instructor James Foley

Students in the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) Carpentry Program recently completed a project for Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, which consisted of building a playhouse for a local veteran family.

Earlier this school year, Mr. Rob Carrig, SCVTHS Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, contacted Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity about exploring opportunities to work together. After some discussion and a tour of the SCVTHS Career and Technical Education programs, Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity explained that they had a program which assists local veteran families. During the discussions, it was mentioned that a local veteran family was looking to have a playhouse built. Mr. Carrig jumped on the opportunity and volunteered the SCVTHS Carpentry Program for the task.

“Under the guidance of Mr. Foley, the construction of the playhouse became a student-led project. The students were able to work off a set of prints and construct everything from start to finish,” stated SCVTHS Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Mr. Rob Carrig. “The students learned key concepts which will help them in their careers including: how to work in teams, interpreting prints, and estimating materials. The students had a great time building the house and we are hoping to work on many more projects in the near future.”

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