Posted: 2009-05-18 15:39:30
his morning Habitat's partners in Hibbing came together to celebrate the completion of another Habitat home. Students, administrators, and Habitat volunteers came together to celebrate with the Firebaugh family at their home dedication.
It was one of only a few times the three different classes that together built this home could come together as one group. It was wonderful to see how their confidence had grown from the first few weeks of the project in September. They have grown from being tentative and uncertain students at the build site to confident and skilled construction laborers, proud of the home they have built with and for the Firebaugh family.
The home seemed to buzz with excitement. Between students buzy finishing up the shed outside and Madison and her friend, Briella, running with giggles between all the rooms, their energy was contagious. Everyone mingled around delicous treasts before and program on the front lawn.
Habitat board president, Rod McPeak, spoke about the win-win partnership that has formed through the Applied Learning Institute and shared our enthusiasm about beginning another home with students next fall. Mayor Wolf of Hibbing spoke eloquantly to the students, encouraging them to see this project as the first in a life of volunteerism and community engagement.
A student from Hibbing spoke to the entire crowd on behalf of all the students, conveying their sense of accomplishment and pride in the project. Then the school instructors emphasized the importance of hands-on learning, and school administrators complimented their students on a job well done. The Hibbing FACS class presented a quilt the students had made themselves.
Then Habitat champions in the Hibbing area - Kris Clover and Harold Wentland - presented John and Kim with a bible and hammer. Following words of gratitude and excitement from the Firebaugh's and a blessing from their pastor, the program concluded with a group photo.