Yesterday Great Falls Public Schools and NeighborWorks celebrated the completion of the 41st High School House in Great Falls! This year marks 21 years of the program which provides new homes for residents with low or moderate incomes and gives high school students valuable employment and trade skills.
This year CMR and Great Falls High Students worked together to build the home located at 1509 6th Ave NW. Juniors and seniors from GFPS work over the course of the school year starting with the foundation in September and ending with an affordable home for a local family in May. This program is made possible by GFPS Career and Technical Education program, NeighborWorks Great Falls and many community supporters through monetary donations and in-kind gifts. This year’s home was made possible in part due to a lot donation from Paul Stashi, who upon passing donated his lot specifically to be used for a High School House.
Each year from both CMR and Great Falls High students are honored as "Builder of the Year" and "Design Student of the Year". Builder of the Year awards were presented to Jerry Pospisil from Great Falls High, and Jevin Davis from CMR. Design Student of the Year was presented to Great Falls High Student Marissa Lucker, who's design can be seen throughout this year's home and Kelsi Worley from CMR.
This year's home is already sold to a home buyer who has completed education and financial readiness courses through NeighborWorks.
Thanks to the many partners that make this program possible including this year's open house sponsor, Montana Helical Piers. Other key partners include: Great Falls Public Schools, the City of Great Falls and Browning Kimball Foundation. To learn more about how the program works or to donate to the program, visit: www.nwgf.org/HighSchoolHouse. For more pictures of the house, including the inside, visit our Facebook page.