Days after receiving a $250,000 donation for their new animal shelter, board members with the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo received additional good news. Students in the high school’s Building Trades II class would offer their time and talents to help complete interior construction work.

Days after receiving a $250,000 donation for their new animal shelter, board members with the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo received additional good news. Students in the high school’s Building Trades II class would offer their time and talents to help complete interior construction work.

“This has all happened at such an opportune time,” said humane society president Karen Russell. “We were stymied for such a long time, but now we can move forward.”

The four-person Building Trades II class, under the direction of instructor Bryan Stone, will work to complete an array of projects at the new humane society shelter.

Stone said the students will hang drywall; install insulation, cabinets and countertops; learn about HVAC and electrical systems and complete finish work, among other tasks.

“Most years, the class builds a new house, however that didn’t work out this year,” said Stone.

Instead, students have been working on various projects around Geneseo. Recently, they built a locker room at the J.F. Edwards softball complex on Chicago Street.

The Building Trades II class meets daily during a double class session.

Because the humane society’s shelter is located relatively close to the high school, Stone said it will be an advantage to his class.

“The less we have to travel, the more we’re able to accomplish on site,” he said.

Elliott Moore, a senior at Geneseo High School and one of the Building Trades II students, said “it’s always nice to volunteer and help a community project.”

Moore said his family has two rescue dogs, so assisting with construction at the humane society is meaningful to him.

“You want to put quality and care into the building so it will help animals find a loving family,” he said.

The Building Trades II students will work alongside animal shelter general contractor Bob Johnson for the project.

Because there are only four students in this year’s class, students have more time for hands-on lesson and demonstrations.

“The teacher isn’t trying to talk to 20 other students,” said Moore. “All of us are able to easily watch a demonstration and ask questions.”

Moore is joined in the class by fellow seniors Chase Boone, Jonathan Hannah and Ryan Weber.

Students in the class have the chance to learn construction skills while helping build the new animal shelter.

“It’s certainly a win-win situation,” said Russell.

The new animal shelter is a 4,000 square-foot steel pole building with a 1,200 square-foot attached storage garage.