News Release

Published on Friday, May 29, 2009

While most college students are on summer vacation, those enrolled in Western Technical College’s accelerated Supervisory Management program are already immersed in their class work, providing community service, and getting some hands-on experience in team-building.

As part of a service-learning class project, seven students in the Team Building and Problem Solving course are holding a building material drive for the La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They have planned every aspect of the event, and now they’re looking to the public to help them with their project.

The students are collecting donations of quality, used and surplus building materials for the ReStore. They will be at Leidel’s Apple Stand, 704 State Hwy. 16, in La Crescent on Friday, June 5, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 13, they will be at Quillin’s in the Village, 2500 State Rd., La Crosse, from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

“We chose this project to help educate the community on what exactly ReStore and Habitat for Humanity is all about, and also to help out the cause with a materials drive,” said Francee Jakobi, one of the students in charge of the project. “All of us on ‘Team ReStore’ personally wanted to be placed on this team.”

“Service-learning is an important part of the curriculum at Western,” said Denine Rood, dean of the Business Division and instructor for the class. “As part of the Team-Building and Problem-Solving course, these students are forming teams, choosing a project, assigning roles and responsibilities, working through group dynamics issues, all while meeting an authentic community need. Working with a non-profit organization helps them connect with their community.”

The Habitat ReStore is a retail outlet where building materials are sold at a discount. Proceeds from the ReStore help fund the construction of Habitat for Humanity housing within the community. They are currently in need of appliances, architectural/antique items, cabinets and countertops, doors, floor coverings, furniture, lumber, electrical and lighting fixtures, HVAC and related items, plumbing, exterior finish, tools, windows, and patio doors.

For more information on the ReStore and the types of materials that are accepted, visit

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