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Building Futures: CCS and Habitat for Humanity Celebrate Successful Trade Days Tour

May 15, 2024

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) and Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) proudly announce the successful completion of the inaugural Trade Days Tour. This initiative prepared high school students for careers in the trades through immersive workshops led by FAHFH construction experts.

Over 65 students from various high schools participated in hands-on workshops, receiving tool safety training and learning essential construction skills. Guided by Senior Construction Site Supervisor Avis Rankins, students built their own toolboxes, gaining practical skills and confidence.

"We are delighted with the success of Trade Days Tour and our partnership with Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity," said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. "This initiative effectively equipped our high school students with essential skills for careers in the trades."

Brandon Price, CEO of Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, shared his enthusiasm: "Students walked in with hesitation and left with the confidence that they can build something with their own hands. Watching their imaginations come alive was truly an amazing experience."

The Trade Days workshops were held at multiple CCS high schools, providing students with pre-cut wood, necessary tools and protective gear. In addition to their completed toolboxes, students took home measuring tapes, safety glasses and carpenters' pencils.

FAHFH's mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns seamlessly with the goals of the Trade Days initiative, inspiring and equipping students with skills that will serve them well in their future careers.

Click here to access additional photos from the Trade Days Tour.