North Mahaska Staff Helps Bring a Family a Home

Paulette Hill, on the ground right, visits with Madison Mitchell as two North Mahaska staffers toss part of the flooring into a dumpster during a work session at the Habitat for Humanity house in New Sharon.

Paulette Hill sat on the brown and dusty front porch of her soon to be home in New Sharon in wonderment as nearly two dozen North Mahaska teachers and staff made trip after trip from inside her house carrying debris to a dumpster. She knows with every scoop of plaster and insolation, every trash can of lath and nails, her dream of home ownership comes closer to reality.

The afternoon of Nov. 14 North Mahaska teachers, staff, office and administration clocked out of school work and became a demolition crew at the home located at 603 S. Main St. in New Sharon.

“We have spent 16 years in that apartment and are looking forward to our own house,” said Hill as she brushed the dust off outside the home. “I come here every day an work a few hours.”

Hill and her husband Bruce have four children, two of which are students at North Mahaska. That fact was one of the reasons NM staff took an afternoon to provide some assistance.

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