SAN ANTONIO -

Students from MacArthur High School spent Thursday applying what they have been learning in the classroom to practical use and, at the same time, helping Habitat for Humanity.

Students who are taking architectural design courses and who are in the electrical systems apprenticeship program put their skills to good use building homes.

Kendall Herold picked up a circular saw and starting working on the wall frame without hesitation.

"I actually like the hands-on stuff," said Herold, a senior.

"(I like) learning different skills that we can use, like how to use a hammer," said Jesus Zendejo, a sophomore.

The homes were going up in the Morning Star Terrace housing area, just a little southwest of downtown.

"Generally speaking, they don't know what on earth is going on, but by the end of the day, they are doing it like they have done it for months," said Charles Prock, a builder with Habitat.

"I get to do something nobody else can say they did, like, ‘What did you do what did you do today?' 'Oh, I built a house,'" Zendejo said.

The students were not only learning to build a house, but also learning to build a community.

"It's good to know that you are helping others and helping families in need," Herold said.