Habitat for Humanity Partnership a Reality
Conversations started in January 2015 concerning partnership possibilities with Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County and the Career and Technical Education programs of the Randolph County School System. After considerable research surrounding partnership possibilities, we are ready to move forward with initiatives in two locations.
Providence Grove High School is excited to participate in this partnership by building two storage units per year for Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County. For each home built, a storage unit is the first step. The unit serves as a place for volunteers to store equipment and tools and later serves the family as a storage facility for their yard tools and as a way to ensure the home’s crawl space is clutter-free.
Eastern Randolph High School will support the partnership by building a ‘tiny house’ on their campus, which will then be moved by Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County to either a site for a Habitat family or to be sold as a fundraiser for the organization. Plans will be modeled after other Habitat locations who have already ventured into the Tiny House arena – Chatham and Cabarrus Counties have both built tiny houses.
The RCSS CTE Department is excited about the authentic application of classroom-learned skills that both of these projects will offer our students. Additionally, we see the benefits to our students as we work to grow community leaders and socially aware citizens.
Victory Junction / SWRHS Partnership Planned
According to Jared Byrd, Victory Junction Program Manager, more than 1,900 campers each year are given the opportunity to participate in a woodshop program offered during summer camps and family weekend programs at Victory Junction.
SWRHS’s Carpentry program saw that project as a great opportunity for the establishment of a new partnership. Planning is underway to allow SWRHS carpentry students to produce approximately 800 pre-cut shapes by April 2016 – just in time for the next camping season to begin!
The work will be divided between both semesters so more students can share in the year-long experience. “Students will strengthen their carpentry skills and gain an increased knowledge of standard woodworking equipment, in addition to providing a much needed service project to a local non-profit,” noted Mr. Byrd.