Habitat & Hononegah – A Home Building Partnership

The sounds from nail guns and saws could be heard coming from Jason Glodowski’s classroom. For the past 10 years, Jason has been teaching Building Contruction 1 at Hononegah High School in Rockton. This is the second year that his class has partnered with Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity.

They are getting a unique hands-on learning experience. His students are learning every phase of residential construction from the ground up. From learning building codes and reading blue prints, to concrete, footings, foundations, framing, plumbing, electrical and siding. “We take it as far as we can in a year’s time,” Mr. Glodowski said.

The 125 to 150 students (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) that he teaches are building walls for one of our Habitat homes that will be constructed in the Emerson Estates subdivision behind Auburn High School in Rockford.

When asked what he hopes the students will take away from his class, he said, “Worst case scenario, everybody would hope to own a home one day. Just know how to use tools. Take care of their home. Best case scenario, it lands on a career that they enjoy and provides for them.”

The students will finish constructing the walls to the home just in time for the start of the build season in May. The walls will be transported from Hononegah High school to the build site. The good that comes from this partnership is visible and tangible.

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