11/13 Up for Auction: New Tumbleweed Tiny House Built by High School Students in MN

Tumbleweed Cypress model tiny house built by West Education Center high school students

Tumbleweed Cypress model tiny house built by West Education Center high school students

“When you increase your expectations of students, they will rise to meet them,” said Interim Principal Pat Ames of his students. About 100 high school students from the West Education Center contributed to building an amazing tiny house that was completed in October of 2015. It took them approximately one year to complete and they put in well over 1,000 hours of hard work.

With the help of Special Education and Technology Education Instructor Tim Holzhueter and Educational Assistant Larry Polys, students had the opportunity to work “hands-on” on every aspect of the build. Instruction was customized to meet the needs of each individual student. The students earned a training wage and also received elective credit that counted toward their high school graduation requirements.

According to Holzhueter, the tiny house project kept students engaged in school, improved attendance and behavior, and helped them improve their social skills. “I had numerous kids tell me that working on the tiny house project was the main reason they came to school that day,” noted Holzhueter.

Bids starting at $35,000 will be accepted until Thursday, December 3rd at 2 pm.

Open house at West Education Center, 11140 Bren Rd. W. Minnetonka, MN 55343.
– Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
– Monday, November 23, 4-6 p.m.

See the fun video and learn how to bid: http://www.district287.org/page.cfm?p=506&newsid=93

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Elaine Walker