Design of a Playhouse

Juneau family wins playhouse constructed by high school students

Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2002

A playhouse built by a high school construction class is now delighting members of a Lemon Creek family that won it in a raffle at the 25th annual Juneau Home Show, held Feb. 22-24 at Mendenhall Center.

The yellow playhouse with brown trim was delivered to the yard of the Weimer family by members of the construction class on the evening the Home Show closed, Feb. 24. Craig Mapes, the instructor for the Juneau-Douglas High School construction class, tagged along to see the reactions of the family.

"They were so excited," Mapes said. "The kids were jumping up and down with joy."

The kids are Kelsie, 9, and Brittni, 7, daughters of Calvin and Becky Weimer. When she heard the news that they had won the raffle, Becky declined another possible prize, a wheelbarrow of goodies, and went right for the playhouse, which she knew her two girls would relish.

"I was very excited," Becky Weimer said. "It was great." Becky is a legal assistant with the law firm of Faulkner Banfield. Calvin is a concrete finisher. The family has lived in Juneau for nine years.

The playhouse is six feet square with a two-foot wide front porch. Both Mapes' beginning and advanced classes - a total of 28 students - pitched in on the project. "The beginning class researched design and size on the Internet, and then designed and began the house," Mapes said. "The advanced class finished it." Most of the materials were donated by Valley Lumber. Mapes was astounded to see that playhouses offered on the Internet were selling for $2,000 or $3,000, he said.

The other two prizes were wheelbarrows, respectively filled with $500 each of tools and other goods suitable to men and goods and tools suitable to women. Weimer had a chance at the wheelbarrow, but chose the playhouse without a moment's hestitation.

All raffle tickets for the Home Show raffle were sold, said Sue Ogden of Ogden General Contractors, who helped organize the three-day show for the Juneau Home Builders Association.

Ticket sales raised $2,400, half of which went to fund the construction class and the other half was deposited in the Home Builders' scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to college students majoring in building-related subjects. "This is our main fund-raiser for scholarships for the year," Ogden said.

Ann Chandonnet can be reached at achandonnet@juneauempire.com.



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