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Somerset County Vo Tech students build playhouse for veteran’s children (

April 25, 2022

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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, dupervisor of Career and Technical Education Rob Carrig and SCVTHS carpentry instructor James Foley pose for a photo after the completion of the playhouse. Photo provided by SCVTHS

Students in the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School 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, SCVTHS supervisor of Career and Technical Education Rob Carrig 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 that assists local veteran families. During the discussions, it was mentioned a local veteran family was looking to have a playhouse built. Carrig “jumped on the opportunity” and volunteered the SCVTHS carpentry program with the task.

“Under the guidance of (carpentry instructor James) Mr. Foley, the construction of the playhouse was a student-led project where they were able to work off a set of prints and construct everything from start to finish,” said Carrig. “The students learned key concepts that 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 have many more projects in the near future.”

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