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Tagwi, R-O students wrap up house building project

Tagwi, R-O students wrap up house building project
Teacher Jamie Poulin, second from left, is pictured with students from the Tagwi-Rothwell-Osnabruck House Building Project.

Cornwall - Feb. 11, 2011 - Now, this is what you call homework.

Students from Tagwi Secondary School and Rothwell-Osnabruck School recently wrapped up work on the 2010 House Building Project, gaining new skills in carpentry, plumbing, window and door installation, and foundation work.

The project, located on Trimmerose Street in Lakeview Heights, taught senior students from R-O and Tagwi about the building trades in the most practical way possible - by building a home. Work on the home was conducted as part of a unique co-operative education course run by both schools allowing students to obtain credits while learning the trades.

The 12-man crew completed a majority of construction on the spacious bungalow and now contractors will come on site to finish the rest, said Jamie Poulin, a construction technology teacher at Tagwi who acted as general contractor for the project.

The 2,200 square-foot home will eventually feature three finished bedrooms, a two-car garage and a finished basement.

During the five-month project, the students helped with everything from laying the foundation to hanging drywall.

Poulin said he was pleased with the accomplishments of his crew this year, although there were some delays caused by weather, the difficult angles of the roof, and other factors.

Poulin and the crew recently held a brief closing ceremony at the site, allowing parents and school officials to tour the nearly-finished home.

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