La Loche Youths Try Hand At Homebuilding

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 14:51



Armed with hammers and drills, some La Loche students are stepping outside their classroom and into the home to learn new skills.


Teamed up with their teacher and contractors, eight boys and one girl are building a house in La Loche.


Dakota Decaux normally focuses on academics because she wants to become a doctor.


While she doesn’t want a career as a carpenter, the experience has opened up some possibilities.


Josh Jolibois wouldn’t mind this as a career and says he now has some of the skills to do it — including drywalling, framing, insulating, roofing and shingling.


Joe Brown is the woodworking teacher at the La Loche Community School.


He says the project is in conjunction with SaskHousing under the remote northern housing program.


Brown doesn’t know who will eventually inhabit the home — but he knows it will go to a family in La Loche.


The house is expected to be finished by the end of this month.


Brown hopes this will become an annual project in La Loche, as he says the community is growing and could always use more housing.