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    Monday, October 3 2016 6:02 PM EDT2016-10-03 22:02:22 GMT

    Some high school roofers were back at work Monday to help a senior citizen who needed help at her home. 

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    Some high school roofers were back at work Monday to help a senior citizen who needed help at her home. 

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CARROLLTON, MI (WNEM) -

A local school is taking kids out of the classroom to help their neighbors.

Penny Hopper has lived in her Carrollton home for about 40 years.  The 62-year-old is disabled and her late husband replaced their home’s roof years back, but now it needs a lot of work. 

“It needs some help. Last winter really took a toll on it,” Hopper said.

Students in the Building Trades class at Carrollton High School are going to fix the roof.

Their instructor is Bill Dalton.

"If there's something that needs to be replaced we're going to replace it then reshingle it,” Dalton said.

The school superintendent decided to bring back the program which was eliminated because of budget cuts.

"It's great for the kids, being able to learn the trades, and we can help our community,” Superintendent Tim Wilson said.

The students can't wait to work on the roof.

"Now that I know what we're going to be doing and I'm in the class it's actually...I don't know, it's just fun,” said Abby Snook, a senior.

“It's going to be giving back to the community, it's going to help me out to tell me what to do on the roof, said Travis Bryc, another senior.

Hopper’s son Matt is also happy that the high schoolers are coming to the rescue of this roof. He said it's kind of like payback to his mom.

“My mother's opened her house up for years. She's always took in strays. We used to have a misfits Christmas party where people didn't have places to go,” he said.

Hopper can't thank the students enough.

"I'm very humbled by the whole thing, it's wonderful. But it doesn't surprise me. It surprises me that it's me but that Carrollton would do something like that because they're always there,” she said.

The students hope to start replacing the roof starting on Friday. 

If you'd like to donate to their project, you're asked to contact Carrollton High School.

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