Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Build for Others Chartiers Valley Playground Gets a Firehouse

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Students Build for Others Chartiers Valley Playground Gets a Firehouse

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After building two doghouses to donate to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society, students in Andrew Poppelreiter's construction systems class at Chartiers Valley High School are taking on an even bigger project.

The 17 students in grades 9-12 are building a playhouse that will be transported to the Chartiers Valley Primary School playground when finished. The playhouse, which will be decorated in a firehouse motif, is 8 feet high by 10 feet long.

"The students have built every bit of it," Mr. Poppelreiter said, adding the students sketched out the project and he drew up the blueprints.

"I wanted to do something meaningful" in the class, Mr. Poppelreiter said.

At the beginning of the semester, the students don't know much about construction, and the class allows them to learn skills such as measuring, using hand tools and framing a structure, he added.

"I think it's a lost art," Mr. Poppelreiter said of construction. He said it's good for students to learn the basics of construction, such as a task as simple as using a screwdriver. …

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