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Appleton family gets keys to new home built by students

The Martinez Family gets the keys to their new home built by high school students through the Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity in Appleton, January 8, 2018. (WLUK)

APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- Students are making a difference for a family in the Fox Valley.

The Martinez family was welcomed into their new home Monday.

The house was built by students from multiple high schools in Appleton, along with help from the Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity.

The family moved to the area from Chicago in 2004. They say they wanted a safe place for their children to grow up but began to run out of room in their two-bedroom mobile home.

One member of the family says they are thankful to all those who built the house.

"It's a life changing experience. I just want to thank everybody that took time out to build and construct our dream," said homeowner, Maria Martinez.

The Martinez family put in 300 to 500 hours of sweat equity into their home.

A retired educator donated the money that helped make the building project, possible.

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