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Hamburg community rebuilds after loss; students build a family home in flood devastated town

Flooding devastated the community of Hamburg in 2019, causing the loss of several homes. The Hamburg Community School District came together with community partners to raise nearly 60,000 dollars to rebuild. Now, Hamburg students are volunteering to build a new home for a family.
Posted at 7:33 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 20:39:00-05

HAMBURG, Ia. (KMTV) — Skilled hands and big hearts are the qualities Hamburg students are showing by coming together to build a new home for a family.

"The students in our construction trades class built the walls for the house, they had to learn how to read the blueprints, they had to learn how to do the math," Jacqueline Barrett, the principal at Hamburg Community Schools said.

Students are giving back after experiencing so much loss.

"I actually lived at a camper for 6 months up at Waubonsie State Park with 6 people in a camper and 5 cats, 4 dogs," Tessa Schoville, a volunteer said.

For these Good Samaritans it feels rewarding to give back.

"I think it's a big opportunity to help and give back to the community because it makes me feel better that someone else is going to get a different opportunity to change things," Kristin Ingram, a volunteer said.

It's even more rewarding for school administrators to see future leaders stepping up to fill a greater need.

"We're building people for the future that are loving and caring and want to give back," Barrett said.

It's the most important lesson any kid can learn in or out of the classroom: how to bounce back and to put love into anything you do.

"There's hope and you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it," Barrett said.

Volunteers are hoping the home will be completed by Christmas.