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State College students present blueprints for Humanity house

State College Area High School students are drafting up blueprints to build a real house as a part of a project with Habitat for Humanity house. (WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE – State College Area High School students are drafting up blueprints to build a real house as a part of a project with Habitat for Humanity.

On Wednesday, students had a presentation to show off their ideas. While many students take part in different community service events, a couple of high school students have decided to literally build a house for a family in need.

What better way to build up your resume than to build a real home? Students in the Career and Technical Center have been creating design drawings for a Humanity House in Bellefonte.

"I'm so excited because this is such a cool opportunity and we're actually going to build a house, you know.We've been designing floor plans and now it's actually going to happen,"said Junior state high student, Abbie La Porta.

The design teams gave presentations Wednesday to members of the Habitat for Humanity board and the Penn State Housing and Research Center.

After going over the designs, members stepped in to give some feedback. Next the students will use the results to create a new and improved design drawing.

"We take a lot of pride that we take into our projects and since we have something to show, it even adds more to the importance of the project," said Katie Vair, a senior at State High.

Students mapped out three different components for the project - mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

Drafting and design teacher Chip Crawford says he's excited to do something that's never been done before.

"This feels incredible to lead these students. I'm a state college graduate myself and I never thought we would have this opportunity to bring something to life," said Crawford.

The project began when Jon Nelson, a local Habitat for Humanity member, contacted Crawford at the start of this school year to ask if he would prepare drawings through his drafting business.

“I said the students could do the project, as they had just completed a similar design project at the end of the previous school year in Architecture 2,” said Crawford.

The goal is for the students to refine all of their points into a final design by the end of the semester. Then they hope to start construction in the spring of 2018.

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