MHS students learn by building dog houses

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Project teaches the basics of construction; houses will be sold to cover cost of materials.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - MHS students Tyler Sharkey, left, Tazman Loosli, Justice Nelson, Austin Taylor, and Sha'Rita Johns pose with one of the dog houses they helped build in the construction class.
Students in Jacob Struck's Intro to Construction class at Madras High School are learning the basics of building by making dog houses.

"This is the first construction project any of them have done, so they are learning the basics," Struck said.

That includes learning what materials will be needed, and how to calculate the amount of materials needed.

"The idea behind the dog house is they will learn how to frame a house from the floor to walls, to putting on a roof, and painting it," Struck said.

This semester, Struck has 103 students in his Intro to Construction, Advanced Construction and Beginning Drafting classes, and last semester had 126 students.

He has 80 students in the four beginning construction classes, who have built 15 sturdy dog houses, which are selling for $150 each.

"We're just trying to sell them for enough to pay for the materials, and the money will go back into the program," Struck said.

He said his goal for the advanced construction students is, "By their junior and senior year, they will be able to build an actual house off site."

"Students will be learning about concrete foundations, siding, trim, and a little electrical and plumbing, so they will be ready to do a full-blown house when they're done," Struck said.

Anyone interested in purchasing one of the dog houses should contact the MHS office at 541-475-7265.