A Partnership to build a stronger community
On Oct. 3, 2017, new life began for Batey Road as Skagit Habitat for Humanity demolished three dilapidated houses in preparation to build four new affordable homes for Skagit County residents. Prior to the demolition, the houses, deemed blighted by the City of Sedro-Woolley, provided realistic training grounds for the Sedro-Woolley Fire Department to conduct training exercises. And starting in the fall of 2018, new home construction will begin on Batey Road, providing four families with the opportunity to build and purchase a home of their own.
In an exciting new partnership – the second like it in Washington State – Skagit Habitat, the Sedro-Woolley School District, and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy (NCTA) will work together to help four families achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build better lives for themselves through permanent, affordable housing. Students and educators in the Geometry in Construction Program and NCTA skilled traits program will build alongside Skagit Habitat staff, volunteers, and Future Homeowners on the property purchased by Skagit Habitat in August 2016. The program began in the classroom at the start of the 2017-2018 school year, teaching participating high school students the mathematics content and construction skills necessary to start building next school year.
One of the Skagit Habitat families who will be living on Batey Road graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School and grew up seeing this property become increasingly run down as the years passed. Knowing that current high school students at their Alma Mater will help build their home makes this opportunity especially dear to them.
The Geometry in Construction education model began in Loveland, CO, in 2005. Across the United States in 2017, approximately 10 educational partnerships were participating in this type of program with students.
In these programs, students experience every facet of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that will prepare them for success in our economy. It also provides them an opportunity to be altruistic and focus on being a changing force for their community.
Students will build a home like this
The Sedro-Woolley School District, Northwest Career and Technical Academy and Skagit Habitat for Humanity do not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to all designated youth groups as defined in Title 36 of the U.S. code as a patriotic society.