Bay High DECA Students Brighten Habitat Homes

The nearly finished Habitat homes on Union Street look a little more festive this holiday season thanks to the helping hands of Bay High's DECA students.

On Sunday, the group held a holiday open house in an effort to share hope with others.

"We started with the Christmas project where all of the students have made four by four Christmas cards to go in the yards of the ten houses on Union Street that Habitat's been working from," said Pam Naylor, Bay High DECA Advisor.

Bay High's DECA club has been working with Habitat for Humanity for the past month to help brighten up the new homes for people in the area.

And these dedicated students have done more than deck the halls of these homes for the holidays.

"Two weeks ago we did landscaping in the front of one of the homes. We learned how to lay sod and plant shrubbery," Naylor said.

Student Melvin Balderrama helped out by sharing his landscaping experience even though he and his family are not back into their own home yet.

"It just feels good knowing that we helped a family that's in the same position that we are," Balderamma said.

Many of these students, like Melvin, pitched in despite their own losses.

"In fact, I think just about everybody in DECA has lost a home and lived in a FEMA trailer for a little while," Naylor said.

DECA Advisor Pam Naylor says the group's partnership with Habitat will likely reach beyond Union Street.

"I can probably see this as an ongoing project for Bay High DECA for many years because the need is here in Hancock County, and it's not going to go away. Habibtat is here for the long haul and we want to be there helping," Naylor said.