Knoxville students spend their Saturday giving back

Knoxville students spend their Saturday giving back

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Webb School of Knoxville kicked off its sixth Habitat for Humanity build, teaming up with the nonprofit to build a home for a local family in need. Webb School of Knoxville kicked off its sixth Habitat for Humanity build, teaming up with the nonprofit to build a home for a local family in need.
"An entire school of people who just really enjoy helping the community and trying to get things done and doing something nice for people and it's just nice to be a part of that," said Jacob Taylor, a junior at Webb. "An entire school of people who just really enjoy helping the community and trying to get things done and doing something nice for people and it's just nice to be a part of that," said Jacob Taylor, a junior at Webb.
"It's a wonderful experience. I'm just very thankful," said Joyce Monroe of Knoxville, the future homeowner. "It's a wonderful experience. I'm just very thankful," said Joyce Monroe of Knoxville, the future homeowner.
"It's very intensive but very rewarding," said Laura Kile, a science teacher at Webb. "It's wonderful. It's absolutely wonderful. " "It's very intensive but very rewarding," said Laura Kile, a science teacher at Webb. "It's wonderful. It's absolutely wonderful. "
"It's really cool to make such a big difference. I've never made such a big difference in someone's life before," said Anna Feaster, a senior at Webb. "It's really neat seeing how everything comes together." "It's really cool to make such a big difference. I've never made such a big difference in someone's life before," said Anna Feaster, a senior at Webb. "It's really neat seeing how everything comes together."

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Students from one East Tennessee school spent their Saturday giving back to the community.

Webb School of Knoxville kicked off its sixth Habitat for Humanity build, teaming up with the nonprofit to build a home for a local family in need.

Dozens of Webb students and teachers got to work bright and early Saturday morning on what will become home to a needy Knoxville family in just a few short weeks.

And after just one day at the house site on Lincoln Drive in Knoxville, they made a lot of progress. They got the walls and trusses up, along with the beginnings of a roof.

"It's very intensive but very rewarding," said Laura Kile, a science teacher at Webb. "It's wonderful. It's absolutely wonderful. "

Since 2001, Webb has partnered with Habitat for Humanity as part of the school's commitment to community service.

"We are fortunate to be where we are in life but we need to help others," said Kile.

"An entire school of people who just really enjoy helping the community and trying to get things done and doing something nice for people and it's just nice to be a part of that," said Jacob Taylor, a junior at Webb.

On Saturday, they got to see just how much that service really means. The very person who will soon own the home was working right alongside them.

"It's a wonderful experience. I'm just very thankful," said Joyce Monroe of Knoxville, the future homeowner.

Monroe and her son have needed a new house for a long time.

She says their current one is in disrepair.

"I'm just looking so forward to the new house and I'm so thankful for everyone who has come out and donated their time and their talents. It's just a blessing," said Monroe.

She's amazed that these young people would give up their Saturday for her and her family.

"To think that they would want to come out and do this, it's just very heart warming," said Monroe.

"It makes it even more special to us, how important it is to her," said Kile.

Webb teachers believe the students are learning the value of giving back.

"It's really cool to make such a big difference. I've never made such a big difference in someone's life before," said Anna Feaster, a senior at Webb. "It's really neat seeing how everything comes together."

They hope it's a life lesson that stays with the Webb students long after they graduate.

"It's really rewarding when you see the final work. You're like, I was part of that. I gave somebody a home today," said Taylor.

With Habitat for Humanity supervisors, the students will work on the three-bedroom house every Saturday for the next six weeks.

Completion is scheduled for mid-November.

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