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A new shed or playhouse could cost you as little as $5.

Tri County Public Schools students in two industrial arts classes are building a structure that will be raffled in May. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or five for $20.

The building is 12 feet long, 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall and will have three windows. It can be used as a shed or playhouse, industrial arts teacher Justin Sand said.

“It’s gone faster than we thought it would,” said Tri County Public Schools senior Riley Oestreich.

The sophomores, juniors and seniors of two building construction classes started the project about one month ago. They project it will be complete by the end of March.

“We’re learning a lot,” Oestreich said.

The hardest part so far, Oestreich said on Tuesday, is constructing the roof and rafters.

“There are a lot of different degrees of cuts we have to make and they all have to be very precise,” Oestreich said.

Sand said the project is a good experience for the students.

“It’s a neat project,” Sand said. “The kids are able to learn some framing skills. … It’s teaching them different construction techniques and it helps them see if this is an area they want to go into later in school or as a career after high school.”

Oestreich said the precise cuts required to construct the frame involve a lot of measuring and a lot of tools, and that the project is helping him as he prepares to go into electrical work after graduation.

The students spent last semester in the classroom learning engineering concepts from Sand.

The same group working on the project is “completely different” than they were in the classroom, Sand said. “They’re more active, more energetic.

“I think they get more out of it by being in a shop-like setting or in the construction field. They get a lot more out of it versus me talking to them the whole time.”

The estimated cost of the shed or playhouse is $1,500. The siding was purchased at Menard’s in Lincoln and the lumber was purchased at Sack Lumber in Wilber.

The proceeds from the raffle tickets will help offset the cost of an expansion to the school’s weight room, which was completed last year. The purchase of the supplies and organization of the raffle is headed by the Tri County Athletic Booster Club.

“It was kind of the Athletic Booster Club’s idea and then we approached Mr. Sand with it and he was happy to help us,” said Tina Holtmeier, an officer of the club. “And it’s something that helps the class out too. They get to learn through it. It helps us, too, because all we have to do is pay for material expenses.”

Tickets can be purchased through Annette Weise, the president of the club, by calling her cell phone at 402-239-3649. Ticket buyers do not need to be affiliated with the school.

The shed or playhouse will be raffled on May 9 at the Tri County POPS Concert and Open House, which is a major end-of-the-year event at the school featuring performances and display of students’ art and industrial art.

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