University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Students Build Playhouses

June 22, 2006

Belton, Texas - Students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will build children's playhouses in a house-construction competition on Friday and Saturday on campus to give away five playhouses to deserving families in the area.

According to resident assistant Jordan Brown, the residence halls host programs to promote student growth and involvement, and this year they decided to work on a project that would benefit children.The event, "House Cru," will involve constructing playhouses for children within 20 hours.

"We got the idea from shows like 'While You Were Out' and 'Home Makeover.'We will give the five teams all the materials needed, but they have to construct the playhouse and have it completed in about 20 hours," said Brown.

The "House Cru" competition will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24.The construction will take place in the Quad in the center of campus.Students will have to complete the job by noon on Saturday.According to Brown, there will be other competitve events throughout the construction time in which students will be able to win prize items for the houses.The houses will then be displayed at the football game on Saturday at Tiger Field in Belton and delivered to the children on Sunday.

"Throughout the night, we will offer the students a chance to have fun and be creative, but our main goal is to offer students a new way to give of themselves.I hope that the event is fun and brings residents together, but above all I hope that the creativity, excitement, and passion of the University can overflow into these deserving families.At the end of the event the houses will go to the children and I hope that is where we focus," said Jordan.

The competition is sponsored by the Residence Halls Assistants on campus.It includes all the materials needed for the construction and the construction plans for the playhouses.It is a campus-wide event for resident and commuter students.The students pre-selected deserving families with the help of various Belton organizations and schools.