Cape Cod Tech students build house with Habitat for Humanity in Harwich

HARWICH — For the students from Cape Cod Technical Regional High School, their Wednesday pizza celebration not only signaled the start of summer, but a job well done.

For the past several months, 20 to 30 Tech students, from sophomores to seniors, have been working with Habitat for Humanity at its Murray Lane building site, providing carpentry, plumbing and electrical work on the four affordable houses being built there.

Matthew Theodore, an electrical instructor at the Tech, said the project gave his students the hands-on experience they wouldn’t necessarily get in a classroom or in one of the school’s practice areas.

The Cape Cod Tech students and their teachers pose for a photograph in front of one of the homes they built in Harwich for Habitat for Humanity. Sophie Proe/Cape Cod Times

“When students practice at school, they don’t get to see the finished product,” he said. “This has been good experience for them. Ninety-five percent of electricians on Cape are wiring houses, so this gives them the basic idea of what that’s like.”

Tara Cronin, the organization’s volunteer and community relations manager, offered her praise.

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“They’re so good, it’s been so fun to work with them,” she said.

Tech students also built two sheds – one for one of the houses on Murray Lane and another for a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser – refurbished bicycles for the organization, took part in various fundraisers and built bookshelves for the homes, Cronin said.