Carpentry students at NWTC are lending their talents to an organization dedicated at keeping children safe in their own home. Local 5’s Kris Schuller reports those students are building a playhouse to benefit CASA of Brown County.
In the Building and Construction Trades facility at NWTC Jeff Schlag’s carpentry students are building a special playhouse, to help an organization that helps abused and neglected kids.
“We’re in the process of building a playhouse, man-cave, she-shed for CASA to auction off the end of April,” said Schlag.
This instructor took on the project after a call from the Brown County Home Builders Association, who needed the item built and knew Schlag’s students had helped other non-profits in the past.
“They asked if we had room and time for this cabin to be built and I said yes we do – we could definitely fit it in,” said Schlag
“We’ve built garages, benches for people, lots of different projects to help give back,” said Matthew Kaczmarek, a student in the program.
Since fall the 13 student in Schlag’s class have put in hundreds of hours building the 8 by 10 foot structure – with windows, LED lighting, plastered walls and a loft.
“We don’t just limit it as a playhouse, either gender can kind of hide out in there,” Schlag said.
A playhouse that CASA Board Chair Nan Bush says will raise thousands of dollars for the group that trains volunteers to be court-appointed special advocates for children caught in the legal system.
“Our goal is to have every child feel safe in their own home,” said Bush. “We are definitely thankful, very grateful, without those NWTC students we wouldn’t have this incredible item in our live auction.”
“It really gives you a feeling of doing your best work because you know it is going to kids in need,” said Antonio Vargas, who is helping in the build.
“They always come through for me, do what’s expected and always do a great job,” Schlag said.
CASA of Brown County will auction off the playhouse at their upcoming fundraiser April 28th in Green Bay. You can find ticket information here.