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LCST completes playhouse

Students from the Lincoln County School of Technology (LCST) are rushing to complete the Coalition Against Child Abuse’s playhouse, which has already been raffled off to a winner.
“Each class is going to have to work as hard as we can because we don’t have a lot of time,” said Matt Strange, a student working on the playhouse.
The boys have until the end of the week to complete the house before they go home for the summer.
The playhouse raffle raised over $2,400 for the coalition. The money will go towards education on preventing child abuse.
The winner of the playhouse, Kathy Croner, bought her raffle ticket out of curiosity.
Croner, a member of the S. Ray Lowder Parent Teacher Association (PTA) planned to help the school raise money through a playhouse raffle in the fall.
“I bought the ticket never expecting to win,” said Croner.
After winning the raffle, Croner decided that when the playhouse is completed she will have the S. Ray Lowder PTA use it as a fund-raiser for their school.
Croner’s three sons and their neighborhood friends might not agree with her decision.
“My house is sort of like boy central,” said Croner. “They’ve been begging to have some kind of club house.”
Of course, once the house is raffled off again to benefit S. Ray Lowder the boys still have a chance at winning the playhouse.
The playhouse is a miniature version of a home. It has a porch, entrance way, loft and two rooms.
From working on the house, students gain construction work experience.
“This house is built such that if it was a regular house it would pass code,” said Max Houser, principal of LCST.
Students, who have been working on the house since January, have run into some problems.
Todd Jenkins, the school’s carpentry teacher left his job before the playhouse was completed.
“Pretty much everything we needed to know he’s taught us, but we’re still learning some things as you go along,” said Evan Collins, a junior.
Houser eventually took charge of the class.
“He’s been out here in long sleeves and tie, bless his heart,” said Kathy Vinzant, director of Coalition Against Child Abuse.
Another problem surfaced when the company that promised to donate windows backed out.
New donors had to be found, and the windows had to be resized.
These problems created a lot of lost time for the students.
“We could have easily had it done by now if we had had those three weeks,” said Matt. by Sarah Grano

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