Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 26, 2012

Tech school students honored for helping build ACT homes

Andover Community Trust honored students and faculty at the Greater Lawrence Technical School earlier this spring with ACT's "Opening Doors for Affordable Housing in Andover award" for the work of GLTS students and faculty in building three ACT affordable homes in town.

Greater Lawrence Technical School has helped build permanently affordable homes on Heather Drive and Haverhill Street and this year helped with building another on Andover Street.

"Greater Lawrence Technical School has been a wonderful partner, building three of ACT's six affordable houses in Andover," says John Pearson, ACT president. "These projects provide a learning experience, as well as a community service opportunity for students. We invite the public to attend the celebration of this partnership."

The award was given at the ACT Annual Meeting last month at Memorial Hall Library. John LaVoie, GLTS superintendent, was the guest speaker at the meeting. In addition, special awards have been given to GLTS graduating seniors who have worked on the Andover Street home: Gelmira Alba, Cristian Delcid, Kayla Duchemin, Leanard Jorge, Luis Ortega, Abraham Sanchez and Jeremy Vasquez.

Since its founding in 1992, Andover Community Trust has advocated for and developed permanently affordable homes in Andover, based on its stated belief that diversity is an important contributor to vital and livable communities.

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