Local vo-tech students prepare for home build

The Pennsylvania Home Show is a little more than a month away, and students at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School are preparing for another home build.

The carpentry shop at the school is filled with the sounds of hard work. This is the sixth year students at the vo-tech will build a log cabin from the ground up to be auctioned off at the home show.

“It's going good so far,” said senior Nate Lawer. “We're a little behind, but were going to do good this year. This is my last year, so I'm ready to do it.”

New this year – the design of the log cabin.

“This year is the first year we've ever done a one-story house,” said carpentry teacher Jodi Snyder. “It's called the 'King Ranch,' for obvious reasons once you see it, because it's king-sized.”

It's 84 feet long and 30 feet wide, 2,600 square feet in all. It can only fit in the school in pieces. It will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a great room with a see-through stone fireplace. More than 75 students will be working on the project.

“It's pretty exciting,” said senior Trent Hoover. “It's a fun thing for us to do. Gets us out of the school a little bit and gets us in the field.”

The log cabin will be auctioned off the last day of the Pennsylvania Home Show. The best part? The money raised will go back to the students.

“Most of the money goes into a scholarship and awards program,” said Snider. “In five years, we've given away almost $190,000 to club members.”

The Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School recently sent a construction team to Florida to compete at the International Builders' Show – the team won first place.

The Pennsylvania Home Show runs from March 5-13 at the Farm Show Complex. The log cabin will be auctioned off on the last day.

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