All Ages Count When It Comes To Building A Community


CCS Children Volunteer at Habitat Build

Phohto of Center for Child Studies Student Zac Bravel at the Habitat for Humanity House being built at Southeast.

Center for Child Studies student Zac Bravel picks up nails with a magnet at the Habitat for Humanity work site outside the Alumni Center at Southeast Missouri State University.


March 11, 2009 – The students in Mark Bartlett’s early childhood class may just be learning their A, B, Cs and 1, 2, 3s, but they know that everyone “counts” when in comes to building a community through service.  On March 12, fBartlett, early childhood educator at the Center for Child Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, brought his preschool class to do their part at the “Habitat for Humanity-Build Southeast” project outside the Wehking Alumni Center at 920 Broadway.

During Bartlett’s class field trip, preschoolers learned through hands-on experience that they are never too young to make a difference and serve their community.  The four- and five-year-olds came dressed with hard hats and nail aprons and learned more about what it means to provide service to their community as they watched community volunteers work under the direction of Habitat for Humanity Project Manager Terry Juden.

The children are served in areas near the building site by picking up bent nails with magnets and disposing of them, sorting work aprons for the volunteers and even learning how to hammer in a few nails.  Most importantly, the children learned that all ages count when it comes to building up and contributing to their community.

The construction site is located at 920 Broadway at the Wehking Alumni Center parking lot where a home is being built on campus for a Cape Girardeau, Mo., family. After a two-week building period, the home will be moved to a permanent location on March 21. 

The idea of a campus build was implemented to give college students the opportunity to see the importance of giving back to their community as they prepare to enter the job force.

For more information and a schedule of the build, visit