Community members were helping a Muskegon Charter school wrap up the finishing touches before a new addition opens.

Covenant Academy is working to finalize their Covenant Hall, which is a dormitory were students ages 16 to 22 can live as they attend school and work towards a high school diploma.

The school says many times the lack of stable housing is what leads to students dropping out of school.

On Friday, July 21, volunteers did everything from pull weeds in the yard to finish setting up beds and desks the students will use once the hall is opened.

According to school, Covenant Hall will be able to house 35 students. Teachers say the hall will make a big impact in Muskegon County.

"I think this is an outstanding project for Muskegon, for the children, and students that are homeless," Lisa Menerick, Covenant Academy Teacher. "They will have an opportunity not only to go to school, get their high school diploma graduate and go on to better and bigger things."

School at Covenant Academy begins on July 24. A grand opening at Covenant Hall will be held at 4:30 on July 25.

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