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Home is Where the Learning is COT students and Rotary volunteers renovate shuttered house in community service project A single family home on Main Street in Biddeford sat shuttered for years. “The roof had partially collapsed, and it was better suited for mice and bats than a family,” said Superintendent Jeremy Ray. The abandoned home was less than 1000’ from the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology (BRCOT), and despite its woeful condition and back taxes owed, Ray had an idea: let’s fix it. Advancing Education @TigersLearning A few months later, Ray--a member of the Bidd- eford-Saco Rotary Club--approached the Bidd- eford Saco Rotary Club to sponsor a renovation of the house, and the city deeded the property to the Club for the duration of the renovation. “It’s a win-win-win,” he said of the renovation project undertaken by Club volunteers and BRCOT stu- dents. “The club has generously supported our Building Trades programs for over 20 years. We have constructed several modular homes, sold them for a modest profit, and the funds have supported both the Rotary’s community work and the Center of Technology. The benefits of