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JWHS Junior Class Builds Doghouse for Habitat for Humanity

September 20, 2017 10:21 AM
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Members from the Joliet West Junior Class Committee felt what it was like to build a home for someone through Habitat for Humanity. But instead of building a home, they built a doghouse that will be one of many on the silent auction during the next two weeks at the Joliet Restore off of Larkin Ave.

Sponsor, Kristen Koppers, and her neighbor thought of an idea for a dog house just a week before the event. "The original plan didn't work so we had to come up with something new," Koppers said. Koppers brought the idea to her committee where they finalized the plan and began working on cutting the wood to specifications.

Faith Cemeno, President of the Junior Class Committee, stated, "We agreed with the design of the school but wanted the old schoolhouse look to it. Just like the one-room schoolhouses used to be." 

With the help of Kopper's husband and Craig Sibert, a junior class member's dad, they were able to make the plan a reality by precutting the wood.

"It was really challenging building the home from scratch, but it was a lot of fun working with my team members," stated Cemeno.

Even though the wood was precut, there was still a lot of work that needed to be completed in 6 hours.

"Completing the doghouse in a certain amount of time definitely added to the challenge," stated Genevieve Berman, Vice-President. 

Students had to piece it together, paint all the trim, interior walls, construct the base, build the house, insert the wainscot siding, paint the exterior, and shingle the top.

Joliet West Students were one of the few teams that were student run.

The contest began at 8 am and all teams were to be finished up by 2 pm for judging. There are still two awards to be presented in 2 weeks: "Top Dog" where the home that receives the most bids will win and the second is "People's Choice" where the most votes will win. To vote for Joliet West, please visit:
 https://poll.fbapp.io/esvogg/HL3HQRTD5nvgpP5YxkR9Rwoo?from=user_link

 

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