Building and Trades class in front of house

Standing in the CHS Building Trades Academy stand in front of the house and garage at 724 E. Woodlawn Ave. that were renovated as part of their course work. In front from left, Kolby Welch, Jakson Cobb, Ashton Vitale, Isaac Coker and Bryce Young, back, Carson Rector, Hunter Koehn, Jayden Halferty, Luke Smith, Brody McReynolds and Instructor Gary Narber.

The Chariton High School Building and Trades Program showed off the hard work of its students during an open house on Oct. 24. The home located at 724 E. Woodlawn Ave. has undergone an amazing face-lift from old and neglected-foreclosed and sitting empty for a year- to renovated and modern.

On hand to welcome those interested in seeing the home’s transformation were Tony Kaska, CEO and President of Midwest Heritage Bank; Larry Achenbach, Superintendent of the Chariton School District; Tracy Hall, CHS Principal; and Construction Technology instructor Gary Narber, and his 10 students.

Hy-Vee and Midwest Heritage Bank gave a sizable donation to the Chariton Housing Trust that purchased the house on Woodlawn and then gave it to CHS in order to begin the Building Trades Program. After two years of renovating, the home was sold with the closing occurring the day after the open house. The class’s next project involves a house just up the street from this one, purchased from the city for $500.

The house on Woodlawn was first jacked up, and another company put in a whole new basement in July of 2018. The electrical, plumbing, and the drywall were also done by outside sources.

About 75 percent of the actual work, however, was accomplished by the Building Trades class from the end of August 2018 until May of 2019. Last year’s class worked on and finished the house while this year’s class began with residing and reroofing the garage, also putting on new soffit, fascia, and gutters, before they move on to renovating the inside of the next house.

Read the November 12, 2019 edition of the Chariton Leader for the rest of the story.

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