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Second of two work days to finish Newberg High School project set for Saturday and open to the public

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Volunteers will have the chance to pitch in on construction of a tiny home begun by Newberg High School students during a second work party set for Saturday at the high school.

In the first year of Newberg High School teacher Matthew Miller's Integrated Design Studio (IDS) course, the faith community stepped up in a big way to support its capstone project, a student-designed and constructed tiny house.

Northside Community Church donated $20,000 to fund the project and North Valley Friends Church has agreed to host the trailer so that it can be used as transitional housing for clients leaving the Love INC women's shelter.

Unfortunately, students weren't able to finish the project before the end of the school year, so Miller reached out to Northside and North Valley for help wrapping it up.

Miller hosted church volunteers during a work party last weekend, but will host a second from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the high school and is inviting the public to participate.

Miller said that volunteers can help finish the exterior by putting up gutters and doing some minor siding and trim work. On the interior, Miller needs help finishing the bedroom.

"There's plenty of things to do for a small crew," Miller said. "We've got to change the axles out, if we get really ambitious. Otherwise, we're picking away at little things right now.

The biggest obstacle has been contracting a plumber to outfit the kitchen and bathroom. One contractor has backed out already and Miller said he has had a hard time getting a professional to commit even though it will be paid work.

"If we can get the plumbing in this week, I think we could wrap it up this weekend," Miller said. "It's that close."

The hope is to have the project completed so that he can showcase the tiny house for the community in a public space by early November.

In addition to needing a plumber, Miller is also seeking community partners to support this year's capstone project. Miller has only one section of IDS this year, as opposed to two in the first year of the program, but will begin work on the next tiny house a bit earlier this time around.

"We're going to speed up the time frame a little bit," he said. "We'll have the design finished this year by Christmas break, rather than I think we finished it at spring break last year. Hopefully we'll get it done by the end of the year."

The tiny home will be on display Friday during the high school's trade skills open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors can also take tours and hear student presentations on the Tiger Manufacturing, welding, CAD, CAM, robotics, horticulture, agriculture/FFA, culinary, graphic art, band, orchestra, choir, drama, art and ceramics programs.

Those interested in volunteering for the tiny house work party, learning more about becoming a community partner this year or contracting to complete the plumbing, may call Miller at 510-227-0481 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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