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Carpentry students help raise funds to assist abused, neglected children

Casey M Fryda

Wednesday March 1, 2017
Abused and neglected children in Northeast Wisconsin will benefit from a project underway at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Abused and neglected children in Northeast Wisconsin will benefit from a student service project at Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeCarpentry students at NWTC are building a playhouse that will be auctioned off to benefit CASA of Brown County. The 8X10-foot playhouse is​ expected to bring in thousands of dollars to help vulnerable children navigate the court system and find new homes.

The structure will be no ordinary backyard treehouse. About 13 students have been taking turns working on the playhouse since September. It will feature plastered walls, working windows, LED lighting and a ceiling fan, cable TV hookup, a faux fireplace and a place to mount a flat screen TV.

The project came to NWTC Carpentry instructor Jeff Schlag from the Brown County Homebuilders. They contacted Schlag, who has his students build structures for nonprofit organizations to gain hands-on experience.

The project came with no plans, so Schlag designed it with features like a gabled roof with hand-framed trusses to provide a more challenging experience to his students. Schlag accepted the project because he needed an additional structure for his students to work on. Many of the materials for the project have been donated by area building suppliers who support the students' work.

CASA of Brown County volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. They are permanent adult presences in the lives of abused and neglected children and youth in Northeastern Wisconsin, seeking to protect and ensure them safe, permanent homes.
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