Parkland County students building a home from scratch

The project is part of a partnership with Parkland School Division and Coventry Homes.

Students in Parkland County are splitting their time between the classroom and a construction site. 

As part of a partnership with Parkland School Division and Coventry Homes, a select number of Grade 10 students are building a duplex from scratch that includes planning, construction, and even the listing of the property.  

"It's a great experience for them," said Mike Holton who is one of the teachers on site from Building Futures. "They're getting their math, English, science, social as well as twenty plus construction credits, and we are also really flexible with their passions. If they want to pursue a trade or even something such as psychology, we can do that and help set them up."   

A total of seventeen students are currently taking part in the project with some admitting they didn't know anything about building a home in the first place. 

"It's a unique opportunity," says Ben Hopkins, one of the students participating in the project. "You get to build a house, not something students would normally do, and it's a team effort." 

Safety training and construction began in early September and all participants follow proper health guidelines while on site. 

The home is expected to be finished by next June.   

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