Juniors and Seniors at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado built wall sections for the Blue Spruce Chapter of Habitat for Humanity last Friday for their annual Kindness Week in honor of Emily Keyes and the other victims of the hostage crisis that took place at the high school three years ago. The event was the kick-off for the weekend memorial activities which also included Emily’s Parade, Motorcycle Ride & 5K Run benefiting the I Love You Guys Foundation. The walls framed by the students will become the third duplex to be built by the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity on South End Road in nearby Kittredge, Colorado. Construction will start on the house in the Spring of 2010.
The students were broken up into three different groups that were phased throughout the day. The affirmative chants of “Can we build it? YES WE CAN!” from the popular cartoon Bob the Builder were heard from the students as they completed over 100 wall sections by the end of the day. The three groups of students, the adult volunteers, the school staff and the staff of the Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity then came together when the walls were completed to celebrate their progress and their kindness in giving back to the local community. The day’s festivities were closed “graduation style” with some heartfelt words and the throwing of hardhats into the air, in lieu of graduation caps.
EVstudio completed the plans for the duplex currently under construction for the Blue Spruce Chapter of Habitat for Humanity on South End Road in Kittredge, Colorado. Elicia Ratajczyk from EVstudio is the Chair of the Construction Committee for the Blue Spruce Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and was present at the Kindness Week Event as an adult volunteer helping the students layout and put together the walls. She also gave her time prior to the event drawing the “volunteer friendly” framing diagrams for each of the walls that were built at the event.