Local volunteers helped re-purpose a large space at Orchard Knob Middle School which will help children throughout the Chattanooga area with special needs learn basic life skills.

The 40 person team effort is connected with the SUCCEED program that works with autistic students in the community.

Out with the old and in with the new was Saturday's objective - old desks and cabinets were demolished and then and hauled off.  

The now cleared out space will be filled with several work stations and cubicles.

"In each cubicle will be a different zone: a laundry zone, kitchen zone, office zone. So they learn different skills in each zone," says SUCCEED organizer Anna Steere.

Organizers hope to have the project completed by mid April.

The group hopes organizations will help chip in too - they could use, appliances, supplies and building materials to stock and build the zones.