Building for Brandi


Guidance counselor Brandi Kerley recently agreed to let Jon Shellenberger’s construction classes build her new home. These students and their teacher are helping every step of the way, from tossing around ideas to building the house from the ground up.

“I thought this would be a cool opportunity, especially since I know all of these students. My son Gage and I have been looking for a while now, and this is really a once-in-a-lifetime thing to work with kids in the construction classes,” said Kerley.

So far, the classes have finished the crawl space, concrete walls, roof, shingles, windows, doors, lighting, wiring and framing on the inside of the building. They have also started on the decks and will begin on the drywall soon, so Kerley will be able to begin painting the interior of her house over winter break. Once they are closer to being finished, they will install the cabinets, island, trim and insulation and help with putting in concrete outside.

“So far, it has been a lot of fun. I have enjoyed brainstorming with Shellenberger and the students. They have helped with everything, the lot, the house plan and more. It has been a great experience. I love going up there and seeing the students and their excitement. They are such hard-working kids and very passionate. I’m so proud of them and all they have accomplished so far,” said Kerley.


Story by Gracie Walls