PRESTONSBURG – Lessons learned by caring and doing. This is exactly what the Carl D. Perkins Construction students did when they spent the week of July 27-31 assisting disabled veterans and flood victims throughout Floyd and Johnson counties. This is the third year that the Perkins students have assisted with this weeklong summer work with the Mountain Care Partnership, a Christian-based organization out of southwest Missouri that serves the Central Appalachia region of Kentucky.
In the past, students worked with different teams in Johnson and Floyd counties repairing roofs, building handicap ramps, replacing floors and whatever else is in need of repair. However this year another far more pressing service was needed in the Flat Gap area of Johnson County. On July 13, the community was devastated by flash flooding that moved entire houses off their foundations, left hundreds of people homeless, and caused four deaths.
Eric Tackett, a construction student from Brandon Conley’s class, and Brandon Knapp a student from Ricky Yates class worked with two volunteers – a former engineer and a former architect from Missouri – on a home that was severely damaged in the flood. The group, working in 90 degree weather, tore out an entire room of the house that had been completely under water.
One of the volunteers said the Carl D. Perkins students were fine young men, very professional and worked hard. He added that Carl D. Perkins Job Corps is doing a great job teaching these young men not only a valuable trade, but how to act like young men.