House Project Keeps Woods, Drafting, Botany Students Busy
Story by: Andrew Becker
Since 1998, Sheboygan North and South High Schools woodworking and drafting students have been involved in a program in which students work together with local companies to build a house.
These houses are then sold, with proceeds going towards scholarships, tools, equipment and purchasing more land for the next house. The projects start in the drafting rooms at North and South, where students use a 3D computer modeling program to design a house to be built.
After students finish these designs, the top three are chosen, and those students receive a cash reward for their accomplishments.
The design that is chosen will then be the house that will be built the following school year.
From the computer it is sent to the contractors, then the House Project class, to be reviewed and planned. After receiving the plans, two groups of students; one from North and the other from South, meet daily to work on the house under the supervision of house construction instructor Jeff Grunewald.
There, students are learning how to build a house while developing problem-solving skills and employability skills.
Junior Nicholas Borstad said, “It’s a great program, where not only do you get to work with a lot of good people, but you also get to learn skills you may use for the rest of your life”.
Once the house is complete, botany students take over for the landscaping and yard decorations.
Whether you are a builder, computer genius, or botany student, there is something for everyone in this program.