October 26, 1995 in Washington Voices

House-Building Students Nail Down Their Education

By The Spokesman-Review
 

University High School senior James Scheller caulked window frames and attached them to a house frame during a Monday class.

“I like these kinds of classes because they’re hands-on,” Scheller said. “I learn a lot more by doing hands-on stuff.”

That’s the whole idea behind the joint construction trades project involving U-Hi and Central Valley High School, in its fifth year. Almost every year, students have built a house on a lot purchased by Tidyman’s Warehouse Foods. Tidyman’s, which also donates much of the building materials, is repaid when the house is sold. Profits go toward buying the next piece of land.

The house being built at 15th and Herald this year should go for about $100,000, said Mike Pearson, director of secondary education. CV always is looking for lots to be bought for the program, Pearson added.

Many of the construction trades students have gone on to work in construction, said U-Hi teacher Mike Palmer. Two became electricians. Another does concrete work. Two more became carpenters.

Most of the students are boys. But one girl, junior Ashley Rudolph, 17, is on the crew this year. Rudolph is in the class because she wants to go into construction. “I like building things,” she said.

Teacher John Clift is Palmer’s counterpart at CVHS. Working with the teachers as an overseer is contractor Rick Sykes of Sykes Construction. Sykes got involved with the program last year when he was building a house near U-Hi and students visited the job site to watch, ask questions and help out.

Walking around the house with his workbelt almost falling off his lanky frame, Sykes keeps an eye on the students, heading off potential accidents.

“Hey you guys,” he yelled to a group of boys walking beneath others working on the roof. “Don’t be underneath them. You’ll get a staple in your head.”

The class begins with the students reading the plans for the house, learning about safety, then “using a shovel,” Palmer said. Subcontractors do some of the work, such as the electrical, plumbing and drywall, but the students have a hand in most stages, from framing the house to painting it.

“Watching a house go from dirt to a complete house, it’s pretty exciting,” Scheller said.

Parents group to hold dance

Come swing your pard’ner at the harvest dance fundraiser sponsored by the Washington Parents Coalition for Academic Excellence.

The dance will take place at Progress Elementary, corner of Progress and Broadway, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 4. Admission is $2 per person and $5 per family.

If you’re a stranger to square dancing, don’t fret. Easy to learn square and line dances will be taught.

Attendees are asked to bring bake sale items to help with refreshments. Caramel apples, hot dogs, cider and pie will be served.

For information, call 623-2842.

West Valley program to hold auction

West Valley School District’s student parent interactive classroom environment (SPICE) program will host its annual auction on Nov. 3 at the Glover Mansion, 321 W. Eighth.

Prizes to be auctioned include coolers, T-shirts, Christmas decorations, nights on the town, birthday parties, camping trips, a bicycle and house painting.

Everyone is invited to dress in their finest rock ‘n’ roll attire, in keeping with this year’s theme.

Dinner and the auction preview begin at 5:30 p.m. The auction begins at 7 p.m. For information, call Ken or Kim Mayer at 926-3307 or Barb Wold at 922-2097.

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MEMO: If you have news about an interesting program or activity at a Valley school or about the achievements of Valley students, teachers or school staff, please let us know. Write: Education Notebook, Valley Voice, E13208 Sprague, Spokane, WA 99216. Call: 927-2166. Fax: 927-2175.

If you have news about an interesting program or activity at a Valley school or about the achievements of Valley students, teachers or school staff, please let us know. Write: Education Notebook, Valley Voice, E13208 Sprague, Spokane, WA 99216. Call: 927-2166. Fax: 927-2175.

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