Roots program completes renovation
Roots, a part of Bridges High School, has completed a several year project of remodeling a single-wide trailer to help hose veterans without a place to stay.
Roots is the portion of BHS located in Warm Springs where teacher Earl Simmons oversees online lab classes with students for most of the week and then spends one day a week teaching some sort of career and technical education class. The trailer project has served as a CTE class for the program over the last several years.
Simmons has endorsements in construction, agriculture and business that allow him to teach different CTE classes, including, in the past, teaching a gas engines class and a forestry class.
The trailer project began with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and is now being given back in its remodeled state to be placed at the VFW to be used as a transitional space for veterans needing a place to stay.
The single wide trailer, which was rundown and had gone unused for quite some time, was going to be destroyed after being used as an office that provided legal services for members of the tribes. The challenge of the project was to repurpose the space into a two-bedroom home.
Simmons said that they came to an agreement with the tribes. "We would fix it up and they would give it to a homeless vet or something," Simmons said.
Most of the materials used to remodel the trailer were salvaged from homes scheduled to be torn down near the school, Simmons said.
"We used recycled materials as much as we could," Simmons said.
They were able to find everything from cabinets to doors, plumbing fixtures, molding and even 2-by-4-inch studs. Simmons said that because they were trying to recycle and reuse as many things as possible, the project was spread out over several years.
New items needed, such as paint, were bought using a grant. By the end of the project, the class had completely redesigned the interior walls and partitions, gotten rid of rotting floors, replaced old windows and doors, put up plasterboard and painted.
On the outside, siding was replaced and the entire structure was cleaned up and painted.
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