CHS students build 3-D model of Victory Park

The Auto CAD architectural drafting class at Colville High School recently started work on a 3-D model of Victory Park, a Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) housing project currently being built behind Wal-Mart in Colville.Students in Todd Strobel’s Auto CAD class are building a diorama of the Victory Park project to help increase community interest and awareness. Once completed, the Victory Park project will provide housing for eight families.“With the talent and skill of Mr. (Todd) Strobel’s students, our goal of community involvement came one step closer,” said Habitat Operations Director Lisa Meddock. “Challenging these young minds is something the Colville School District does every day. Mr. Strobel is giving his drafting students real life experiences they can take with them throughout their lives. I am pleased to have been a part of this experience.”Habitat for Humanity Colville Valley Partners recently made a $200 donation toward the Auto CAD class project to help underwrite materials.On display at Key Bank once completedStudents, ranging from freshmen to seniors, developed and wrote the program necessary for the 3D model to be constructed. When completed, the model will be featured at Key Bank in Colville. “This will provide the community with a visual of what it is that Habitat Colville Valley Partners has been working toward,” said Meddock.Habitat for Humanity Colville Valley Partners is a non-profit Christian housing ministry with the goal of eliminating substandard housing in this region. Habitat raises money, recruits volunteers, and constructs simple, decent housing for eligible low-income families. It sells these homes at cost with a long-term interest-free loan, working in partnership with the families, who invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” in building their home and/or another Habitat home.PartnershipIn addition to the 3-D model, CHS also has a “service club” where students can become involved in the mission of Habitat. These students volunteer work-days at the building site and have helped with fund-raisers. In the past, students have built and framed the walls of house number 14 located in Kettle Falls, hung sheet rock, mud and taped, painted, and built fencing. Meddock said the partnership between CHS and Habitat for Humanity has been very positive.“We are honored with this great opportunity to work with young minds, while providing them with real work experience that the community can view and appreciate,” she said.For more information about the Colville Valley Partners branch of Habitat for Humanity,