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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Students at Dublin High School are making a big impact in a tiny way. For two hours a day, during the school week, students trade in their pencils for hammers.
A teacher at Dublin High School is taking a wood shop class to another level. By building tiny homes.
To some students, it’s more than just trying to get a good grade. They say it’s about helping those in need.
“We’re building houses to help the community and homeless people. We’re trying to reach out to them so we can help them get a better life,” Imari Parks, a freshman at Dublin High, said.
These homes are 128 square feet. They have everything a home has like a sink, shower, stove, fridge, and toilet.
“Students here learn a trade: construction, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing,” teacher David Kersey said.
He adds, students have the potential to give some residents an affordable living in Dublin.
“They ask me every day, ‘what color is it going to be? How are the insides are going to look after?’ They get that and when we have the finished product, I think they’ll realize the impact they’re going to have on the city of Dublin,” Kersey said.
A junior at Dublin High, Creuntae Floyd says he loves coming to class and doing something he’s never done.
“I have something to brag about. I can go out in the community and tell them I’m doing something productive,” Floyd said.
Parks says she hopes someone will see the work she’s done with the tiny homes and hopefully one day branch out to help neighboring cities.
“And to one day be part of their community,” she said.
Kersey says they’re talking to the Dublin Land Bank to find some land to put the homes on. By December, he says his classes will complete two tiny homes. Then in the spring they’ll build two more.
The class is finishing up the framing stage. The next step is to put up plywood. Kersey says the students learned about safety, and how to use tools before they began building.