Students build a little house for habitat

February 28, 2002 11:00 pm
SUMMERVILLE HIGH students Kathy Elmore, 16, and Keair Steele, 17, put finishing touches on the outside of the playhouse for Habitat for Humanity.  Matt Thurlow/Copyright 2002, The Union Democrat ().
SUMMERVILLE HIGH students Kathy Elmore, 16, and Keair Steele, 17, put finishing touches on the outside of the playhouse for Habitat for Humanity. Matt Thurlow/Copyright 2002, The Union Democrat ().

By LENORE RUTHERFORD

Summerville High School students have hammered out a way to raise money for Habitat for Humanitys Tuolumne County affiliate.

Students in two of Terry Campbells classes have combined efforts to build a new playhouse that will be the focus of a fund-raising giveaway drawing.

The playhouse will be displayed at The Union Democrat-sponsored Home and Garden Show at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora March 23 and 24 and given away in a drawing later this year.

We will have the drawing when we have raised $1,000 in ticket sales, said Ruth Callahan of Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets cost $1 each, six for $5 and 12 for $10 and will be available at the Home and Garden Show, at various other events in Tuolumne County and by calling the Habitat office at 536-0970.

Campbell decided building a playhouse would be a good project for his students after talking to Habitat for Humanity members last summer.

It turned out to be a perfect marriage, he said. I was looking for projects where my students can work together as a group, but I dont have the budget for anything of this large a scale.

He said the Habitat affiliate paid for the materials, and he and the students provided the labor and imagination.

The playhouse measures four feet by six feet and stands about six feet tall in the center of the roof. It has a skylight, two shuttered windows and several of what Campbell described as little round windows.

It had to be built in components so it comes apart in panels and is easy to move, he said. That was a special challenge.

It also had to be lightweight. Thats why it is made of thin plywood with one-by-two-inch supports which became part of the exterior design.

Campbell said about 15 students worked on the playhouse.

During the fall semester, he said, he had eight boys in his class, and they worked on the initial design and construction. It was supposed to be a landscape and gardening class, said Campbell, and a playhouse worked well for that.