CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Seniors from St. Anne's-Belfield School have been working with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville for the past couple of weeks.
Instead of being in class, the students are building homes in the Lochlyn Hill neighborhood.
It is part of the school's Winter Intensive Program.
For the three weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, seniors choose a subject to study intensively.
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity is one of the choices.
On Thursday, students installed drywall and painted in two different houses.
Math Teacher Brian Bartholomeu said the program teaches students construction, leadership and financial skills.
"Getting to see students who are not necessarily as strong in the classroom have leadership roles and show skills in a way that's different to a classroom is interesting as a teacher," Bartholomeu said.
Senior Ashlyn Stolz said it meant a lot to know she helped build these homes.
"At the end of the day, you go home and you're exhausted, but you feel like you've done something and you're helping other people, not just sitting there learning things in school," said Stolz.
Habitat for Humanity said this is the largest youth group that volunteers every year.