The North and South High School House Construction students held a Ground Breaking Ceremony for Project 2016 on Wednesday, September 14 at 9:15 a.m. at the construction site located at 5105 Green Meadow Place. Project 2016 is the 19th home that will be built by SASD students enrolled in Career & Technical Education classes from Sheboygan North and Sheboygan South High Schools.
The program included a welcome from Larry Brahan, Coordinator of Student and Instructional Services who recognized the program as being one of a select few in Wisconsin. Dr. Joseph Sheehan also spoke at the program, emphasizing how important it is for schools to prepare kids for the future by offering real-world, hands-on learning experiences like this one. Brian Sippel, a Business Representative for the Carpenters Union, commented that projects like this are important to the construction industry and that students who take advantage of this house-building opportunity will have great opportunties for jobs out of high school. He also shared his own involvement as a student working on the SASD's first ever project house and how the experience shaped his career.
Ted Schermetzler is the project instructor. He encouraged parents and community members to visit the construction site at any time. This is the 5th SASD project house being built in this subdivision and it is estimated to be valued at over $300,000.
To date, all of the previous homes have been sold with proceeds going towards scholarships, tools and equipment and purchasing more land. Students have direct involvement with the house construction program, including construction, architecture, interior designing, and botany.
For more information and to view photos of the past house projects, visit the House Construction project website at:http://teachers.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/tschermetzler/houseproject/