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Greene Academy students install first ramp

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

(By Sabrina Westfall) Greene Academy student Levi Snowden helped connect the end of the ramp at Sharon Dale's Home in Linton. [Order this photo]
Greene Academy students helped install the first of a series of wheelchair ramps for the elderly and disabled in Linton Friday.

The coalition between Greene County Habitat for Humanity, the Greene Academy and the Greene County Educational Services Cooperative enlisted the help of eight 13- to 16-year-old students from the academy, composed of students from all five school districts, to install the ramp.

The Greene Academy students will be visiting various parts of the county to install the ramps.

(By Sabrina Westfall) Tyree Gibbs put the final touches on the ramp by screwing in the final board to complete the addition to Dale's home.
Greene Academy Director Mike Hennie said the installation of the ramp was the final step after two weeks of preparation.

"We started building it in the shop of Twin Rivers behind Save-A-Lot," Hennie said. "The kids have learned a lot in the two weeks they were in the shop, such as building and measuring."

Hennie noted he was thankful Twin Rivers Director Jim Morrison was so accommodating of the students.

On site, the students learned to use drills, work together to make sure the project was level and make small changes to ensure the build went smooth.

"This also gives them the chance to learn they can help somebody," Hennie stressed.

Upon the completion of the ramp Mike Roth, representing the Greene County Habitat for Humanity, told the students he was proud of their hard work.

"I'm extremely proud of everything you did today, and I hope you are too," Roth said.

Resident Sharon Dale was grateful for the work of the students because health issues had made it increasingly difficult to get in and out of her home.

"I would very seldom go out ... I can walk some, but I am limited. Going up and down the steps was hard," Dale said.

She is looking forward to being able to get out in her yard, and not be stuck in the house as much.

"I'm just glad these kids could come out and do this for me," Dale said.

Hennie said the students who came out to the build site were selected by the student's principal based on need and behavior.

I had contacted Mike (Roth) about working at the food pantry, but the hours didn't work out," Hennie said about how the program got started.

The coordination between the three organizations evolved from an idea Roth had been considering.

Hennie said the program has had quite a bit of help with the coordination, including a grant from the Greene County Foundation and other grants.

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