Evanston Township High School’s Geometry in Construction program was honored in June with the 2022 Community Partner Award for its extraordinary contributions to affordable housing in Evanston by Community Partners for Affordable Housing.
Since 2013, ETHS has collaborated with CPAH and the City of Evanston to build multiple homes for low-to-moderate-income families. The Geometry in Construction program provides college- and career-bound students with the opportunity to learn the full geometry curriculum through the construction of a single-family home. The course is offered for both regular and honors credit. In addition to the mathematics coursework, students gain hands-on experience in home design, floor and wall construction, sheathing, roofing, siding, window installation, painting and trim work.
“This program empowers our students while at the same time providing those in need in our community the life-changing opportunity to obtain safe, permanent, affordable housing,” said Shelley Gates, who served as the ETHS Department Chair for Career and Technical Education during these first nine years of the partnership. “It’s a win-win, and an incredible partnership that we hope will continue for years to come.”
CPAH is a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop affordable housing and provide services that empower individuals and families to secure and retain quality housing. Visit here for more information.
Submitted by Evanston Township High School