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Members of Avery High School’s carpentry class help raise walls at the future home of
Jeremy and Amber Champion, a Habitat for Humanity partner family.
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Originally published: 2012-11-08 11:34:34
Last modified: 2012-11-08 11:34:34

AHS carpentry class assists Habitat for Humanity

Through the vision of Avery County Schools Superintendent David Burleson and under the leadership and guidance of instructor Nick Daniels, students from the Avery High School carpentry class have assisted with framing, roof trusses and roof sheathing on three Habitat for Humanity homes. Avery County Habitat for Humanity maintains an ongoing partnership with the school system that allows multiple students the opportunity to give back to their community by employing what they learn in the classroom. Through this partnership, carpentry students in both the fall and spring semesters are not only able to serve others, but also gain hands-on experience in home construction. 

This October, students worked for several days on the future home of Jeremy and Amber Champion, a Habitat for Humanity partner family. The Champion home is located in the Milford Meadows development of Elk Park, and will be completed in spring 2013. 

Currently, Jeremy and Amber Champion along with their three children, Aaron, Aurora and Gabriel, live in a home that was built in two sections. It has two water heaters, very little insulation and a rent expense that requires nearly 50 percent of the Champions’ income. Both Jeremy and Amber are graduates of Appalachian State University and are locally employed. Jeremy has worked for Lowe’s Food in Banner Elk for more than 11 years and also with ResCare Home Care for more than a year. Amber has worked with Western Carolina Eye Associates for more than five years. After purchasing a new, energy efficient Habitat home, their housing expenses will be reduced to only 30 percent of their income.

Because of the carpentry students’ help, the Champion home will be “dried in” before winter, thus allowing the interior of the home to be completed throughout the winter months. Avery County Habitat for Humanity extends its sincere thanks to all of the students and school system leaders who make this partnership a reality. For others who are interested in volunteering with Avery County Habitat for Humanity, email ( or call (828) 733-1909 for more information.