CHHS Students Build Play House with PIE Help

Chapel Hill High School Students Hone Skills with Hands-On Building Project
Posted on 03/04/2021

Students at Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) recently experienced ‘real work’ where they not only designed a structure, but built it themselves, along with a little help from several Partners in Education. The CHHS Play House project is a collaborative effort with our Partners in Education and the Douglas County Home Builders Association. All supplies for the building project and expert mentorship were donated through the coordination of Leslie Choo, owner of Lake Forest Builders.

The students are in Connie Highnote’s architectural and engineering drawing classes. "The best way for students to learn is through hands-on projects," said Ms. Highnote.

Through the project, students learned the design process, how to take field measurements, how to frame a building and more. Their design plans took into consideration safety, affordability and application. 

Construction of the Play House took place on recent Saturdays with students and local contractors and builders coming together to construct and complete the house. "They love seeing the results of their work, and I enjoy watching them learn," said Ms. Highnote.

The Play House is now located in the courtyard at Chapel Hill High School and will be raffled off this year. Proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit the Skills USA student organization. For more information about this project or the architecture and engineering program at Chapel Hill High School, contact Ms. Highnote at

CHHS Students build play house
These students are helping build the play house's framework.

CHHS PIE Play House
The play house is taking shape.

CHHS PIE Play House Project
Almost finished!

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