Cold winter? Global pandemic? Nothing could stop these students from building this incredible home

House on wheels will forever be where the heart is for these students

Students from the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Michigan stand in front of a house they built on campus before it is driven off to its permanent site. Contributed photo
Students from the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Michigan stand in front of a house they built on campus before it is driven off to its permanent site. Contributed photo (Paul Galbenski/Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast)

Whenever they drive by the site, warm feelings will radiate: Joy. Pride. Satisfaction. Accomplishment. The idea that they’ve bettered the lives of others and a community.

All those emotions will likely dominate the minds of a group of high school students at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Michigan, after the teens spent months on a house build that was far from ordinary.

From working through and having to endure a cold winter, to dealing with an unprecedented pandemic, to not having the house even be built at its final resting spot -- which led to a sight many never thought they would witness -- it was an experience the students will never forget.

‘They were really fired up'

Aaron Swett, a contractor technology instructor for 18 years on the school campus, said traditionally, he has had classes that have built houses -- but there was an idea floated this time around that was different.

The campus works with neighboring high schools to offer enhanced classes and learning opportunities that students might not be able to get at their high school buildings.

Students can typically spend half of their normal school day on the campus.

The idea brainstormed was essentially this: “What if we built a house at our campus and had it delivered to the site?”


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