Having a home to call their own will completely change a Sedro-Woolley family’s life by late 2019. Chris and Jackie, along with their three daughters will most likely be able to move into the house on Batey Road in the fall. This is partly because of a new partnership between Skagit Habitat for Humanity, the Sedro-Woolley School District and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy.
Having both moved around a lot growing up, the Sedro-Woolley alumni cannot wait to have a house that is truly their own. “You see people in the movies who have grown up in a house where there are growth charts notched in the kitchen doorway—we’re excited to get to do that with our girls,” the couple said.
CTE students started working on clearing the land in October under the guidance of first-year agricultural teacher Jacklyn Bennett. Business teacher Jodi Jorgenson’s students are working on the marketing aspect of Project Hometown and bringing together other community partners to help leverage support for this program.
Skagit Habitat for Humanity owns four lots on Batey, where we will be hosting a Groundbreaking ceremony on January 19, 2019 to kick-off the beginning of a partnership we hope will last beyond these four lots!
“The biggest benefit will be seeing alumni from our own high school have their dreams come true of creating a home of their own,” Jorgenson said.
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.
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 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 will build alongside Skagit Habitat staff, volunteers, and Future Homeowners on the property purchased by Skagit Habitat in August 2016. The program debut in the classrooms of Sedro-Woolley High School at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Geometry in Construction teacher Daniel Caldwell, taught participating high school students the mathematics content 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 program.