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Building the Future with the Future: A Recap of Trade Days with Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity with Local High Schools

We are excited to share the fantastic news: Trade Days 2024 was a resounding success! Over six class days spanning two weeks, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity had the privilege of teaching carpentry skills to 67 students from eight local Cumberland County high schools.

Each day began with a comprehensive safety overview, ensuring students were equipped with the knowledge to handle tools like the impact drill safely. With hands-on experience, students worked in small groups alongside instructors to assemble their very own toolboxes. Once completed, they had the opportunity to unleash their creativity by painting and decorating their creations.

We made sure every student left with essential tools—a carpenter pencil, tape measure, and eye protection—empowering them to continue their carpentry journey beyond the program.


The feedback from students, faculty, and CCS/CTE staff was overwhelmingly positive. Students were particularly thrilled about personalizing their toolboxes and showcasing their artistic talents. One student summed it up perfectly: "I got to learn from other people and also got some good advice that I will definitely carry with me for later on."


We're thrilled with the success of our pilot program and already looking ahead to having an upcoming "Construction Camp" this summer. This extended program will dive deeper into essential skills like basic electrical and plumbing, drywall repair, and more woodworking projects.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who played a part in making Trade Days 2024 a success. Your support and dedication are truly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing to empower future generations through hands-on learning experiences.

Together, let's continue building futures filled with hope, opportunity, and endless possibilities- one student at a time.


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