Work on Willard Transition House Continues to Progress

Building trades student Robert Eubanks works on installation of a lighting fixture at the Willard Transition House under construction adjacent to Willard High School.

Construction of the Willard Transition House is right on schedule despite recent stretches of winter weather.

The 29 students in Steve Vaughn’s building-trades classes at Willard High School rotate work shifts at the house during the class periods. The 3,000-square-foot house will serve as a living classroom for special-needs students to learn life skills when the next school year starts in August.

The Willard Transition House received a $20,000 grant last year from the Coover Place-Based Education Grants made possible through the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Regional Grantmaking Program in partnership with Commerce Trust. The project also is supported by federal stimulus funds and the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation.

With Vaughn and the professional contractors by their side, the students do the actual construction work. When that work is largely completed, students from other classes, such as agriculture and interior design will move in to work on landscaping and furnishings.

“It gives you something to look forward to during the day,” said senior Dillon Johnson. “You’re pushing your limits – everybody’s growing on this job site because you’re doing things you’ve never done before.”

A full story about the Willard Transition House will run in the CFO’s spring newsletter.