By KELSEY BRAGA
Fall River Spirit Correspondent
PHOTO BY KELSEY BRAGA/FALL RIVER SPIRIT FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR: About 125 students from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School built this Warren Street house.
As part of Diman's House-Building Program, students have been constructing a home from the foundation up for a family in need. The program collaborated with Community Development Recreation (CD Rec) of Fall River to build the home for a low-income family.
The house is located on Warren Street in Fall River. About 125 students from Diman's carpentry and cabinet-making, electrical, plumbing, facilities management, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning departments worked on the house.
"Every year is a unique experience. Each class brings their own uniqueness," said Carpentry and Cabinet-making Department Head Stephen Marciszyn.
The two-story house includes 1,680 square feet of living space. It has three bedrooms, one full bathroom and one half bathroom on the first floor with a washer and dryer hook-up. The exterior is made up of vinyl siding and has a 10-foot by 12-foot deck outside the kitchen.
Prior to partnering with CD Rec to build this year's home, Diman worked with non-profit organizations such as People Inc. and Westport Associates to build homes for the disabled.
"By working with these non-profit organizations, the students are also learning to give back to the community," Marciszyn said.
This year, Diman was fortunate to have two SkillsUSA medal winners on board. Junior David Barata was a gold-medal winner, and junior Nick Aspessi a silver-medal winner, for their cabinet-making skills at the 38th annual State Leadership and Skill Conference in Marlboro.
Marciszyn says the students have been working very hard on the new house.
Barata said he and his classmates built the kitchen cabinets, fridge casing, bathroom vanity, counter-tops, and baseboards.
The students worked in two-week rotations, switching off with other groups for academics at the Stonehaven Road school.
Marciszyn said that the students are trained in the classroom and then brought to the construction site where they apply the theories they learned.
Aspessi said that "seeing everything installed and the finished product" would be his favorite part of this experience.
Emanuel Botelho, instructor of Carpentry and Cabinet-making for the juniors, said that building the house is "a big project for us every year." Botelho said that challenging the students and seeing them challenge back continues to make the experience great for all involved.
The students began building the house in September. Construction was expected to be completed this month.
Marciszyn and Botelho said that the project will help prepare the students for jobs in related fields.
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