June 5, 2017

Local students raise funds for Mexico trip

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 
Submitted photo
RPA Students to Build and Sell Tiny House During June Term to fund Mexico service project

Redmond Proficiency Academy high school students began construction of a tiny house this week as part of RPA’s unique June Term experience.

During June Term, students are enrolled in an intensive three-week course designed to enhance and enrich student learning. Students enroll in interest-based courses such as Summer Surf Institute, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Central Oregon Geology Workshop, and Alexander Hamilton - the Man and the Musical. This is an opportunity similar to an university-style intersession that allows for students to engage in intensive academic courses designed to extend their learning.

RPA’s “Let’s Build a Tiny House” students will construct a 20' tiny house that will be sold to raise funds for the RPA Spring Serve in Mexico next spring break. This class will allow students to gain construction experience before the Mexico trip in addition to funding the project.

“I am extremely excited that RPA has been able to give me and other students the opportunity to change lives while also learning valuable skills,” said RPA junior Viktoria Sargeant. “Last year over spring break ten other students and I had the privilege of going to Mexico during RPA Spring Serve to build a house for a family in need. For some students, it was a difficult task to come up with the money to be able to participate. This year through RPA’s June term course a group of students will be building a Tiny House and once the house is built we will be selling it to help cover a majority of the cost for next year’s Mexico trip. I am excited about this opportunity because it will give us the chance to change people's lives and give back to local and international communities.”

In the spring of 2016, Spanish teacher Troy Longstroth organized a building service project in San Luis de Rio Colorado in Mexico for a group of RPA students. Those students built a house for a needy family in that border community. The opportunity also allowed students to practice their Spanish.

Following the January Term class entitled STEAM Project: Tiny House Design, taught by RPA Science teacher Amy Mitchell, Longstroth started thinking about the possibility to offer this hands-on class to raise important dollars to fund the service trip to Mexico. "There is a lot of enthusiasm for this project," says Longstroth.

Shelter Wise of Portland, Oregon has donated the building plans. Other community partners are Lowe’s, Denfeld Paints, Consolidated Supply, Sego, and Ridgeline Metal.

RPA is seeking discounted materials, or if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you are interested in purchasing the tiny house, please contact Redmond Proficiency Academy at 541.526.0882.

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