It has the premise of a new hit reality TV show: high school students flipping houses, for profit, as a part of their studies.
As part of their class, a group of seven Grade 11 and 12 students from R.B. Russell Vocational High School have been measuring and marking where studs will go in a gutted 1,000-square-foot Arlington Street house.
The students along with their teacher, John McLeod, are renovating the home as a part of the school's Building Construction program. The class spends every morning from 9 a.m. until noon working at the house.
Amber Murdock, a Grade 11 student, fell into the role of supervisor when the project began two months ago. McLeod said Murdock has done well to motivate her classmates and keep them on track.
"I'm like here everyday and I really enjoy what I'm doing," said Murdock. "The younger students, I like being a role model to them, showing them that girls can do it."
This is the first time the school has taken on a project like this and McLeod said he hopes they'll do it again.
"What we're trying to do at R.B. is get the students to realize the connection between their academics and what's done at a work site in this case," he said. "It's different here. It's just more real life. Their attitude towards it is totally different."
The house was purchased and donated to the school by the United Lutheran Service Club.
"I can tell you the skills that these students are learning are meaningful, they're relevant and they will gain employment as a consequence of going through this program," said Pete Sanderson, who is with the service club.
"This [project] was intriguing and seemed like a win-win situation so we we're very pleased to participate."
Any profit made from the sale of the house will go back to the school, and possibly toward another house.