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Interact Club helps build house for family

La Jolla High School Interact Club members, Rotary Club members, parents and friends trekked to Tijuana on Nov. 7 to build a house for a family of six.

It is the 11th house students have built over the years as part of Project Mercy, club adviser and Rotarian Cal Mann said.

“As usual, we got it done in record time,” he said last week. “We quit when it got dark.”

The day started when they met at 6 a.m. at Mission Bay and headed for the Otay Mesa border crossing. Actual work started at about 7:30 a.m., and when the sun went down, they had all but a portion of the roof finished, Mann said.

But the four children, ages 5 to 16, and their mom and dad — who earns $75 a week working in a cement block factory while his wife cares for the children — had a secure place to live as well as donations of food, blankets and clothing gathered by the students.

The experience is always amazing “to see how one day’s work will change their lives,” Mann said. The only student who hadn’t been on the trip before and his father “were pretty blown away.”

Interact members participated in building the three-room, 300-square-foot home in a day as part of Project Mercy, a nonprofit that aims to improve living conditions for poor Tijuana families.

Mann said the San Diego Building Industry Association participates in the program as well and in the past members have built as many as 60 homes in a single day.

For information on LJHS Interact go to

www. LJInteract.org

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— Kathy Day