While some high school students may be working on graduation speeches that will speak on building a future for themselves, a class of girls at Carondelet High School in Concord already have built a future for someone else.

The Engineering for Social Good class at the all-girl’s Catholic high school spent their school year researching, designing and constructing a small home that on Thursday was turned over to an organization that helps migrant workers in the area. The tiny home, dedicated with a ceremony at the school, is destined for Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood to become the home of a farm worker family.

Marivel Mendoza, of Hijas del Campo, said the group already had picked out a family — one of 300 they help support. She praised the students and the school, saying their commitment to the project will benefit the dedicated, resilient and hard working people who live with food and housing insecurities.

“You are changing lives,” Mendoza told the students and teachers.

The idea for building a tiny house — 20 feet by 8 feet by 11 feet — came from class instructor Chris Walsh, who also serves as the director of the school’s Center for Innovation.

Walsh, who was assisted by math teacher Kristina Levesque, said he wasn’t sure how the idea would be accepted, and even he had doubts.

“I thought it was too crazy, too difficult, too expensive,” Walsh told the small crowd that gathered for the ribbon cutting. “But everyone went for it in the true Carondelet spirit.”

Walsh said the high school probably wasn’t the first to build a tiny home, but it might be the first all-girl high school to build one, and to construct it from steel instead of wood, earning the 30-member team the nickname, “Women of Steel.”

Ava Ribando, a senior at the high school, said …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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