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Bayshore Elementary Builds Birdhouses for Habitat Families

As school finished at Bayshore Elementary, students learned about building by creating hand-made birdhouses for local Manatee County Habitat for Humanity families. Twelve birdhouses were built, painted and decorated by Bayshore students from the fifth-grade Delaney Leadership Academy (BDLA).

Bayshore Elementary Principal Annette Codelia shared her enthusiasm for the project: "It was so exciting to watch our Bayshore BDLA students carefully perfecting the decorations on the bird houses as they imagined them being placed into new homes. I am a Habitat fan . . . this organization has helped change so many lives by giving each family that they adopt the opportunity to 'own' their future by creating and moving into a 'building' that they would soon call 'home'. Our students felt honored to be part of this wonderful activity."

As part of the year-long curriculum for the Bob Delaney Leadership Academy, the students visited Home Depot to learn about building, decorated the birdhouses in art classes and made a special presentation to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. Habitat Executive Director Ron Turner and Cindy Garcia, Manatee Habitat homeowner, were on hand to thank the students.

Garcia, whose son attends Bayshore Elementary had this to say: “These birdhouses are adorable and will really brighten up the homes of the families who receive them. We appreciate this gift and especially because it helped children learn about building.”

MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITYManatee County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, volunteer-based organization dedicated to building homes in partnership with low-income families who need safe, decent, affordable housing. The Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Affiliate was chartered in the summer of 1994 and has built 100 homes with the help of donors, families and volunteers. Habitat for Humanity houses are sold to partner families for no profit and financed with affordable, interest-free loans that are financed by Habitat, http://www.manateehabitat.org/.

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