All six student-designed and constructed Tiny Houses sold for more than the base grant provided to the schools by the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative. Proceeds from the auction will roll back into the project to ensure sustainability and opportunity for each school to “Build it Forward” in the coming year.
This project may be ‘tiny’ but the reach is expanding. Buyers for the six Tiny Houses were from multiple states. Arrangements are currently underway for transport and several buyers will track the Tiny Houses as they move to their new location/home.
The goal of the Building It Forward Tiny House Project is to make learning engaging, practical and applicable to post-secondary success and become self-sustaining. Research shows that students who participate in hands-on learning remember the material better, feel a sense of accomplishment when the task is completed and are able to transfer that experience more fluidly to other learning situations.
In the case of Tiny Houses, the saying “If you build it, they will come” is true and the impact of the project is evident in the quality of the 6 Tiny Houses built by students from:
Ashland Blazer High School in Boyd County
Breathitt County Area Technology Center/Jackson Independent
Floyd County Area Technology Center
Knott County Area Technology Center
Lee County Area Technology Center/Owsley County/Wolfe County
Phelps High School in Pike County
Now that this year’s auctions have concluded, we would like to thank everyone who came out to tour the homes, participated in the online auctions or contributed time and expertise to the local builds led by students. Next year’s Building It Forward Tiny House Project will begin in August 2019.