Jun 22, 2023
The Kids Are Alright. Is college, trade schools or life experience the best route for a young person today? Are they even interested in trade skills or just YouTube stardom? When we heard that some students at a high school were building homes for their community, we wanted to check it out! This episode is part of our Make a Difference Spotlight Series. We meet Cheryl Meadows, Executive Director of Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services. They have been providing homebuyer education, affordable lending, housing development and community building programs and services in the City of Salisbury and surrounding counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 1994. Their partnership with Parkside High School’s CTE (Career and Tech Education) program started in 2000. They pay for the cost of the materials and the students, under the guidance of their instructor Blair Ritchey, the students construct a 3BR, 2 BA ranch home for their organization. Once the house is completed, it is moved to one of their vacant lots and put on a permanent foundation. The house is then sold to a homeowner. We tour the house currently under construction and speak to some student builders. This is the 17th house built by the students. All Music, Lyrics and Performance by James Harrell and Ilyana Kadushin.