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Public invited to bid on KY Valley Educational Cooperative ‘Building it Forward’ tiny houses

The public is invited to bid on the quality Tiny Houses innovatively designed and constructed by students in eastern Kentucky school districts.

The Leslie County Area Technology Center tiny house

The “Building it Forward” project, sponsored by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC), is an investment in creating a ‘future story’ for students interested in learning skills for a real-world vocation. The project is designed to be on-going and sustainable each year. The completed homes are auctioned and the money re-invested to complete a new Tiny House each year.

All houses are on display for the public starting at 412 Roy Campbell Drive in Hazard, Kentucky adjacent to the KVEC office sat the Job Site Center. The auction end date is June 30 after which, buyers will have 15 days to pick up their homes.

This project is about Building it Forward each year; once the auction is complete, each school will have a base $15,000 and 80 percent of the dollar amount above the final auction bid to build a new house in the next school year.

The goal for this project is for teaching and learning to be fun and applicable to post-secondary success; where students are engaged in the learning and can apply the learning to life and success in high school and beyond.  Research has shown that students who participate in hands-on learning remember the material better, feel a sense of accomplishment when the task is completed, and are able to transfer that experience easier to other learning situations.

The eight (8) Tiny Houses the public is invited to tour and bid on from the following schools are:

Breathitt County Area Technology Center/Jackson Independent                          
Floyd County Area Technology Center
Johnson County High School CTE
Knott County Area Technology Center
Lee County Area Technology Center/Owsley County/Wolfe County
Leslie County Area Technology Center
Letcher County Area Technology Center/Jenkins Independent
Phelps High School in Pike County

In order to place a bid to help build it forward click here. https://www.theholler.org/auctions/

For additional information contact: Dr. Dessie Bowling, KVEC Associate Director at Dessie.bowling@hazard.kyschools.us  or (606-454-3545).

Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative

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