To better understand the impact of the Women’s Fund grant on the construction of the homes, during the 2016-17 school year, Leslie Meadowcroft-Schipper, founder of TRADART Foundation, interviewed Hailey Wednesday Babcock, Audrey Rowell and Melissa Perez. Each is enrolled in the Construction Technology coursework in their high school.
The Tiny Homes program at Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Dos Pueblos high schools will get a $25,000 boost from the district this fall. Since last year, Advanced Woodworking and Construction Technology students have been building the 230-square-foot dwellings on top of transportable trailers.
Woodshop class has come a long way since the days of oak cutting boards, mahogany salad bowls, and plywood skimboards. Those classics are still getting turned out by students with a fondness for power tools, of course, but beyond the basics exists a whole new realm of woodworking: These kids are building houses.
2015-16 Recipient – TRADART Foundation Amount Awarded: $ 50,000 Community Needs : Economic Development, Employment Skills