ROXBURY, NJ – The participation of Roxbury High School students at a recent Morris Habitat for Humanity fundraising event “represented Roxbury in the best possible way,” said Mayor Bob DeFillippo.

Speaking at a recent town council meeting, DeFillippo said he and his wife, Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, attended the Morris Habitat's "Hearts and Hammers Gala" on Feb. 22.

The event is the non-profit organization’s largest annual fundraiser. And while DeFillippo characterized the gala as “terrific,” he said he was particularly proud of the role played at it by students from Roxbury.

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Those students, participating in the high school’s Structure, Design and Fabrication (SDF) program, worked with the Habitat staff and volunteers to design and build a photo booth and a model home displayed at the event.

The photo booth showed the layers of a house being built at various stages of the process, including studs, sheathing, foam insulation and vinyl siding.

The model home built by the SDF students was featured in the center of the stage next to the speakers throughout the evening.

More than 500 people attended the gala.

“It just really represented Roxbury in the best possible way,” DeFillippo said. “People from all over the state were there for this event. Well done, Roxbury students.”

Attention to Detail

SDF Teacher Frank Caccavale said the photo booth was “very popular during the event with guests taking many photos inside.”

He said the model home displayed the level of care employed by students in the new SDF program, a course that covers a wide variety of topics including construction, carpentry, architecture and design

“Students worked to give the home a high level of detail, complete with lines where siding would be, a porch, a garage and even a small doorknob,” noted Caccavale. “Roofing shingles manufactured by GAF were used to showcase GAF, one of the largest and most loyal sponsors of Morris Habitat for Humanity.”

The gala celebrated the 35th anniversary of Morris Habitat for Humanity and the work its done to build affordable housing in the county, including a project being built at 121 Main Street in Succasunna.

Earlier this school year, SDF students helped at the Succasunna project and they plan to return four more times between now and the end of the school year.

“This has been a terrific way for students to utilize the hands-on skills they have been learning in our class to make a positive impact on their local community,” Caccavale said. “Many of the students pass the homes being built on Main Street every day and will always know they had a hand in helping to make that project possible … It is my hope to continue to work with Morris Habitat in the coming years to find even more ways to help them serve our local communities.”

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