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Appleton's youth build program is asking for community support

The Appleton area school district and the city's Housing Authority show off their student built home at the Parade of Homes, August 14th, 2016. (WLUK)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- After a year of sweat, hard work, and teamwork, the Appleton Area School District and the city's Housing Authority are showing off their collaboration in the Home Builders Association of the Fox Cities Parade of Homes.

"They do every facet of the home build," said Lori Van Handel of the Appleton Housing Authority.

The school build program puts high school students to work as part of a service learning course.

Van Handel says to keep the program going additional money need to be raised, "We have had many students that have been inspired to go ahead, and pursue construction related opportunities career wise as they move on from this project."

She says there's really only one thing that makes it all worth it.

"The biggest reward is a family in need of affordable housing gets to live here," said Van Handel.

One neighbor FOX 11 spoke to says the final product exceeded their expectations.

Richard Thompson lives right next door, he says to see the once empty lot be transformed into a home has been a rewarding experience.

"Number one, I haven't seen a mouse in my basement for weeks, and the second thing is the quality, the finality of the house, there's nothing wrong with that house," said Richard Thompson of Appleton.

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