12/09 Charleston, WV students build tiny houses for people displaced by floods

students building a tiny house on wheels

Carver Career Center students work on a tiny home for recent flood victims. Photo by Kenny Kemp

Santa’s elves aren’t the only people hard at work, reports the Beckley Register Herald’s Sarah Plummer. Students at a dozen career and technical schools across the state are building 15 homes — miniature houses to provide warmth and shelter for families displaced by the June 23 floods.

“It’s not just a nice thing to do; it is the right thing to do,” said Kathy D’Antoni, state assistant superintendent of schools and chief officer of career and technical education for the Department of Education. “We were concerned about people not being able to make it through the winter without heat and shelter. The Tiny House Project has taken fire, and we have students across the state who are doing this and are excited about it.”

Most houses are between 100 to 400 square feet, but each one has been constructed uniquely to serve the needs of a specific family, Plummer reported.

Students at the Fayette Institute of Technology have had just five weeks to design, construct and finish their home, which has two loft bedrooms.

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