<bt>As part of their Vacation Bible School, some 25 fifth- and sixth-graders from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Centreville built a playhouse for Habitat for Humanity.
The children spent all of last week assembling the playhouse from scratch — using hammers, nails, and power drills. The adults only provided supervision and guidance.
"The kids were so excited because it's not everyday they get a chance to use tools and build something like that," said Debbie Howe, an assistant with the church.
The playhouse, complete with door, windows and shingled roof, will go to a family in Purcellville, Va., who live in a Habitat for Humanity house there.
In addition, the children have also built religious items such as crosses to be sent to a missionary in Madagascar. They helped clean out a farm belonging to an elderly couple who lost the lease on it and had to move.
"They had to find a place for about 30 horses. The kids really helped them clean out the stables to get them ready to move," said Trish Stach, an administrator with the Vacation Bible School.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church is located on 14640 Soucy Road, off Braddock Road in Centreville. For more information, call 703-830-2768.