The students and faculty of South Lake High School’s construction academy recently turned over the keys to a new home in Mascotte. The build was sponsored by Habitat For Humanity Lake-Sumter, FL and many local community support partners. New homeowner, Latoya Sankey, simply shouted, “I’m excited!” When asked about the process she added, “Has this been a long road? In general yes but with Habitat it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. It’s been over a year but I also can’t believe that a year ago, I was sticking a shovel in the dirt.” She is anticipating moving in with her son Mason and daughter Skyla.
Danielle Stroud, Habitat For Humanity Lake-Sumter CEO shares, “This day is the most exciting day of the year. The day we get to celebrate the students. For all of their hard work and everything they’ve learned over the course of the year.” Looking over at Ms. Sankey she continued, “We also get to bless the family as they move on to this next phase which will be moving into the house.”
Jared Fullerton, construction teacher at South Lake High School shared his perspective. “We’re here at the third dedication ceremony we’ve had. This is a great program working with Habitat For Humanity. I’m super proud of the students and all the community support we’ve gotten.” He shifted to thoughts of the Construction Academy program at South Lake High School. “This is one of the best learning environments for students that want to be in construction. Without our partners and the students’ dedication, this doesn’t happen. We are excited to start our fourth house next year. The program has just gotten more and more popular at school. This year I had the greatest application numbers for students that want to be in this program. It’s nice to see the excitement taking place at school.”