AUSTINTOWN - Members of the Home Builders Association of the Mahoning Valley donated their time to construct a handicapped accessible ramp for a teacher, student and the general public at St. Joseph and Immaculate Heart of Mary School.
Six members of the HBA spent four to six hours recently building the L-shaped ramp at the school's entrance.
The HBA members provided the labor, Carter Lumber the materials and ARA Home Remodeling the equipment.
Al Alexander, chairman of the HBA of the Remodelers Council, said the HBA tries to complete at least one community project per year.
"After reviewing a host of possible projects, the board decided on the SJIHM ramp because it will be so valuable to the school. We are grateful that we have an opportunity to help," Alexander said.
Molly Faloon, a parent at the school who contacted the HBA, said she and others were appreciative of the HBA's generosity.
"This was the only access they had for a teacher and student. It was desperately needed," he said.
Alexander said there is a teacher and a student who both use a wheelchairs.
He said the project's labor and materials would have cost $2,000 but was done free for the school.
"We felt this was an important project," he said.