Over 125 middle school students were treated as VIPs during a construction tour of ICI Homes’ Plantation Bay community in Ormond Beach.
“I have never seen the framing of a home before”, said Sara Gordon, a sixth grader at Holly Hill K-8 School. “It was really cool to see what is behind the walls in a house.”
TeenZone participants and chaperones from all five of the Food Brings Hope partnered middle schools were in attendance. Those schools include Campbell, Holly Hill K-8 School, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, and Southwestern.
ICI Homes’ building professionals answered questions and lead students through each stage of the homebuilding process; from foundation to completed project. Students were able to walk through a newly framed home before moving next door to a home with the addition of dry wall.
“Our message was that teamwork is the core of what we do.” said ICI Homes Construction Manager, Tim MacFarlane. “We all have to look out for one another to get the job done. If they keep that mindset, then they can accomplish anything.”
The tour continued to include a newly finished home complete with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and finished hardwood and carpeted floors. In each home, students and chaperones were guided through each room learning the details of the building of it and then were allowed to explore the outside property.
Lunch was catered by Planation Bay’s Club de Bonmont and served by Food Brings Hope volunteers.
“This tour is one of the many enrichment activities that we provide to our FBH students to highlight different professions and possibly create some interest in a new trade,” said Judi Winch, Food Brings Hope Executive Director. “This is the second year we have taken our TeenZone students on this tour. Last year, we only had 25 students involved. We are excited the opportunity this year has grown to include over 125 children!”
After lunch, the students got back on their buses for a guided tour of the entire Plantation Bay community before participating in an exciting, competitive scavenger hunt in one of the model homes.