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High school students in Bradenton make tiny homes for homeless

Posted at 3:12 PM, May 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-14 17:56:47-04

BRADENTON, Fla. - Students in the construction trades class at Bayshore High School in Bradenton are working to finish a very important project. They are turning 8x20 shipping containers into tiny homes.

“They each have a little living room, kitchen, and bathroom,” said teacher Hudson Slaughter.

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Slaughter said they got the idea after hearing about the homeless population in the Manatee County School District. Administrators believe about 800 students are homeless.

“Our goal is to house homeless students, beginning at our own school, we have homeless students here,” Slaughter said.

Junior Myles Detko said he was excited to work on the project.

“If I’m able to help somebody with free labor and give my heart to them, I would love to do that because they are need,” Detko said.

The students hope to make about three tiny homes each year for district families. They are currently looking for supplies and lots to place the tiny homes on.

“You need to have a heart for other people, we talk about that in class, some people say that’s not construction, well I think it is,” Slaughter said.

Click here to help the project.