Teacher to take part in Habitat program

Solana Pacific Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Robert Matlock will travel to Tacoma, Wash., this Sunday to spend a week building a home with Habitat for Humanity.

Matlock is participating in Habitat’s new Teacher Fellows program, which allows educators to become involved in both the building process and with the local community so they can go back and lead a similar experience with their students and colleagues.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes to be sold to low-income individuals that participate in the building process and ultimately repay a mortgage at an affordable rate.

“It’s just nice to do some work where you actually can physically see something done and walk away from it and know you did it,” said Matlock, who in past years has done several one-day projects with Habitat for Humanity. “With teaching it’s just more for a subtle thing, it’s just a different kind of reward.”

Matlock said he has yet to meet the recipient of the home he will help build in Washington, but said he has had the opportunity to get to know the new owners in previous projects he has worked on.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said of their reactions to their new abode. “They’re so thrilled.”

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