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Bay Path looks to next year's house building project

Junior carpentry students Ben Trainor and Jesse Laythe said they learn best when getting hands-on experience. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
December 20, 2011
Standing inside a framed structure sitting just at the edge of Webster Lake, Jesse Laythe looked around proudly.

"This just shows you what a man can do," he said.

Since September, Laythe, of Spencer, a junior carpentry student at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, has spent every other week at the Point Breeze Road construction site, building what will become a 2,300 square-foot, two bedroom, three-and-half bath home with a stunning view of the lake. It's part of a longstanding tradition for Bay Path students that takes learning out of the classroom and onto the job site with the annual house-building project.

For more than 20 years the undertaking has brought junior and senior students from the school's carpentry, cabinet making, electrical, plumbing departments together to build a home from the foundation up. Throughout the entire school year students spend more than 4 hours a day on the job, learning by doing.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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