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Students design, build playhouses as part of mentoring program

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Imagine a class in high school where designing and building fun is the curriculum.

Students from several local high schools enrolled in the ACE Mentor Program of Rochester.

For the last four weeks, the students have been designing and building playhouses. They meet once a week, after school since October with volunteer mentors in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.

One of the playhouses is modeled after a fire truck, complete with emergency lights and a water gun.

It was made by six students from Irondequoit High School who said they have learned a lot in this program.

"You basically get hands-on experience, you get mentoring from all the people that are in the business and they share their experience and what they can expect, what you can do and basically more insight into it," said Ieo Camerucci, one of the students in the program. "So you can more navigate out which business you want to go into once you graduate high school."

The playhouses will be for sale at the Home and Garden Show at the end of March. More information about the ACE Mentor Program can be found here.

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