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Housing officials honor RHS students

Jun 3, 2016 - From staff reports

The 16 students in the Geometry in Construction program helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Housing Service administrator Tony Hernandez and state director Connie Baker Wolfe recognized Riverton High School students at a ceremony May 5 at the school.

The students were lauded for giving back to their community through their efforts in building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

"We're very fortunate to have a partnership with students who see a better future and are learning it one nail, one hammer at a time," Hernandez said. "It's not just building a house, it's building a better tomorrow. We're here to celebrate and thank those students because when they build a house, the family that's receiving it is one step closer to achieving the American dream."

Sixteen students take part in Riverton High School's Geometry in Construction program. The school, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, provides core and elective credits for students by teaching geometry in the classroom, then presenting hands-on practical application of those lessons through construction. Students are also eligible for college credits through Central Wyoming College.

This is the second of three planned houses that will be built on school grounds, inspected and then moved to their final location.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities.

During the last fiscal year, the agency has assisted nearly 1,300 families and businesses across Wyoming, investing more than $259 million into rural Wyoming through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

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