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Notre Dame, New York students help build Habitat house

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By Laura Wibbenmeyer - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Notre Dame High School students are giving back to the community in a big way this week, and they have some special New York friends helping out.

"It's President's week up in New York, we have the week off," said Junior New Yorker, Cane Maldonado.

School may be out for these New York students, but they're learning plenty of lessons this week in Cape Girardeau.  Some of those lessons are obvious, like learning how to build a house through Habitat for Humanity.  Others are much deeper.

"This is my third year on a service trip," said Senior New Yorker Samantha Viscovich.  "I like the feeling I get by helping other people out. Just meeting other people and hearing their experiences, it humbles me and I just enjoy it so much."

Viscovich say meeting the home owner of the house she is building is a highlight of her trip.

The wood comes complete with Bible versus on every beam, and Charlene Brandy Dalton tells me that proves her house is blessed.

"As soon as they walked into Cape, they were like there are fields and open spaces what's this," said Notre Dame Senior Shelbey Carroll.

Cape Girardeau and New York can seem worlds apart, and these high school students say they may have started the week as strangers and now they're best friends.  And to one family it goes a step farther, these students are heroes.

"We never thought everybody would be so kind and generous and help us and know we just feel like we have extended family," said homeowner Charlene Brandy Dalton.

This week the students are also helping at area Senior Centers, SEMO Food Bank and Cape Area Family Resource Center. 

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