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Habitat for Humanity Teams up with Broome-Tioga BOCES

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Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Hoyt Foundation, the Broome County Habitat for Humanity will be able to give a local family in need a new home, but this time they'll be killing two birds with one stone.

In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the Broome-Tioga BOCES School district will be constructing the home of the course of the next two years, part of the school's trade courses, that prepare students for skilled jobs or apprenticeship programs after graduating high school. The construction of the house will help students learn about heavy equippment operation, masonry, plumbing, electricity, and carpentry.

On Wednesday, the school held a wall raising ceremony to signify the start of the project, which is anticipated to take about 2 years to complete.

"Today is a good example of our students continuing to learn the trades that they're learning here at BOCES, but also being good citizens and giving back and passing it forward," said Allen Buyck, the Superintendent of Broome-Tioga BOCES

"I hope its a lesson we pass on to all our students, and I think today we made a good example."