Students volunteer during their spring breakPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK; Wash-- Schools are closed and students are out on spring break enjoying a week off.
For most that means time to relax or travel with family and friends, but not everyone has a week of leisure planned.
A hand-full of high students from different schools around the Tri-City area have teamed up with habitat for humanity to help build a home in Kennewick, and change a family's life.
"I came out to Kennewick to help build houses. I thought it was a fun way to give back to the community." says Amy Olson a student at Chiawana High School.
Building a house and giving back to the community aren't things students usually say when school is out for a week, but for Amy Olson and the rest of this group of teens, they like it.
Nicolas MacAlister, a Hanford High School student says "I'd rather be out here, working with my hands."
Not only do the teens like being outside and working with their hands, but they say that it just feels right to give back.
"I don't know how to explain it, but it feels good." says Edgar Perez, a Pasco High student.
Workers for Habitat for Humanity express their gratitude for these students. A family of five will soon be able to move into this new house.
"My hat's off to these kids, this is hard work. They're getting dirty, they're working with the adults. They're parents aren't out here with them. They're totally on their own, It's their own initiative to come out and give back to the community and help a family in need." says Suzanne Carroll.
If you're thinking students do this for they're college resumes, the volunteers say that's true, but it's not the main reason.
"When you really step back and you think of the meaning, what you're really doing, it makes everything worth it. Not just for college. To do it for another reason too." says Amy Olson.
Habitat for Humanity consists of 95% volunteer work, and with the help of these student volunteers the house they are working on today is expected to be finished this July.