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Boiling Springs students help custodian rebuild after fire

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After a fire burned down the home of longtime Boiling Springs High School custodian Brenda Hurst last June, students vowed to help her rebuild.

Wednesday, they got one step closer to their goal. Together with a nonprofit organization called Carpenters for Christ, nearly 40 students, along with the school's principal, broke ground at the site of the new home.

With shovels in hand and the sun shining bright, everyone could feel the excitement.

“They're going to build me a home and I'm just excited!" exclaimed Hurst, who was beaming ear to ear.

Mike Ravan, the executive director for Carpenters for Christ, said his organization will be handling all of the construction aspects, including pulling permits and gathering materials.

"When we're finished here, there will be a two-bedroom, two-bath residence with a car-port for Miss Brenda," Ravan said.

The new home will be built on the same land where Hurst's former house once stood. Hurst says the land has belonged to her family for generations.

Students who took a break from classes to be there for the groundbreaking say Hurst is adored by all.

"She sees someone having a bad day and she makes sure to say something to make them smile," said Alexis Ork, student body president at Boiling Springs High.

Ork says Hurst is more than just a custodian.

"She's always there supporting us, always pushing somebody to do better, telling us that we can. She sees the potential in anybody," Ork said.

After the groundbreaking, students passed around glass jars and filled them with dirt. They say the jars will serve as a memento and a reminder of how good it feels to give back.

"As soon as the house is built this is going right there on the mantle, so every time I walk by I can say, you know, I can say thank God for what you've done, and thank you Boiling Springs High School, and thank you Carpenters for Christ for what they've done as a whole to get me back into a house," said Hurst.

Students say they'll be volunteering to help with the building in any way they can, but Ravan says materials are still needed.

“We still need everything from concrete to roofing materials, to windows and air units - you name it, we need it,” Ravan said.

If you would like to donate your time or services, you can contact Ravan at 864-621-0916 or email

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