On Wednesday, April 28th, Kingwood Park High School held a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the completion of the third tiny home built by Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes. The student-community collaborative project provides student-built tiny homes to homeless veterans in the Houston area.
The 200 square foot tiny home was built for U.S. Air Force Veteran Jeffrey Jacobs from the Houston area and will be moved to Liberty, Texas to the Langetree Retreat and Ecocenter. The home was designed and constructed in 5 and a half months by students in the Construction Management course with
guidance and direction from Kingwood Park High School architecture
teacher Missi Taylor, along with Parker Ryan, Lead Architect and Carter Bennett. Project captains were Garrett Estes, CJ Schoettlin & Cole Wiley. The students worked every day for hours, as well as on the weekends to complete the project.
The ceremony included a welcome by Kingwood Park High School Principal, Lisa Drabing, Proclamation by the office of Dan Crenshaw and guest speaker Humble ISD Board of Trustees President, Robert Sitton. The flag ceremony was conducted by Caleb Miller with the National Anthem and other music performed by Gio Sotille and Sivan Moreno, members of KPHS marching band and the Kingwood Belltones jazz duo. Glenn Taylor, KPHS physics and aeroscience teacher, blessed the home with a heartfelt prayer.
The mission of Students Helping Veterans: Big Heroes, Tiny Homes is to create a student-stocked tiny home community for homeless veterans in the Houston area through partnerships with non-profits, businesses, and private individuals in our community. We seek to provide a sense of community and safety to these individuals who have formerly lived on the streets of Houston, and to ultimately foster the development of similar projects across the nation.
The Kingwood Park Tiny Homes project has completed two other tiny homes, the first overseen by lead architect Sarah Dalby, and the second by lead architect Brendan Flaherty, graduates of Kingwood Park High School. The tiny homes feature modern designs, indoor and outdoor living spaces, as well as heating and air conditioning.