April 19, 2021  Wicked Local

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School, a community funded school, has been working on Habitat for Humanity Homes for the past five years.

Students, who would usually be confined to a classroom or workshop, are able to join Habitat on a construction site and gain experience in their trade, while also giving back to their community. This contribution means Habitat saves money that would normally go towards construction costs, allowing even more homes to be built in partnership with local families throughout Essex County.

Since the start of the collaborative partnership between Essex North Shore Technical High School and Essex County Habitat for Humanity, students from all trades have participated including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and arborist.

“The partnership we have with Habitat for Humanity is a great opportunity for our students in our construction cluster programs to learn their trade and contribute to a worthy cause,” said Jill Sawyer, director of career and technical education at Essex Tech. “We feel fortunate that year after year, we can continue to partner with Habitat for Humanity to provide homes for individuals within our district’s communities.”

Essex County Habitat for Humanity is currently building two family homes in Wenham with completion set for June 2021. Additionally, Habitat is building 11-family homes in Andover and Salisbury and will be breaking ground in Lawrence again this spring.