Build a House…Build a Dream 2017

build-a-houseCalling all fifth-grade builders, artists, architects, and engineers! Along with presenting sponsor Fox & Roach Charities, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County is excited to announce the 14th annual Build a House…Build a Dream! contest for kids.

In this competition, fifth-grade students in the Delaware Valley work individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream homes. Students bring these models to our contest on the morning of Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Church Farm School in Exton for display and judging by professional architects, engineers, builders, and designers. There will be three rounds of judging with contestants being dismissed after each round. Contestants will begin to arrive at 8:30AM and the first round will start at 9:15AM. All three rounds and awards will last until approximately 12PM. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, but raffles, food, and fun are guaranteed for all who attend!

These three dimensional models are only limited by students’ imaginations! In previous years, students have created model houses designed to withstand tsunamis, houses based on spaceships and bongo drums, houses made entirely of pencils and pasta, energy efficient houses, and environmentally friendly homes.  All children receive recognition for their efforts and the top winners earn prizes.
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  • Models must be three-dimensional and fit on a base no larger than 2ft x 3ft.
  • Students must prepare one written description of about 100 words or less explaining why this is their idea of a dream house and highlighting any interesting features. This paragraph will be displayed with their homes.
  • Students must be prepared to discuss their entry with contest judges.
  • Model homes will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Originality and creativity
    • Use of materials
    • Appearance and design
    • Independent effort (This is a contest for kids, not their parents!)

This free contest is open to fifth grade students in public, private, and parochial schools throughout the Philadelphia area. Students may participate in this event individually or with a partner. If you are registering with a building partner, you only need to submit one form, but must provide an email address and parent/guardian contact of the building partner.

Participants will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days of registering. As we get closer to the event, you will receive an email with final details. It is important that you add katie@hfhcc.org to your email contacts, as our .org email addresses oftentimes get sent directly to your email’s spam folder.

Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space constraints may limit the amount of entries accepted. All entries must be received by Friday, February 24, 2017. If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact Kate at katie@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993, ext. 10.

Register Today!

 

  • Curriculum Guide for Teachers
    • There are many ways for teachers to incorporate Build a House into their curriculum. This helpful sheet offers some tips for integrating the contest into your lesson plans for a variety of different subjects.
  • Event Description
    • See this document for complete contest details and guidelines.
  • Contest Flyer
    • Help us spread the word! Bring this flyer into your school or show it to your favorite fifth grader!
  • Habitat Videos
    • Can’t quite find the words to explain Habitat’s mission to children? You’ll find plenty of videos on Habitat International’s YouTube channel, but this short commercial featuring a Habitat homeowner’s charismatic child is our favorite!

 

  • What exactly is this contest?
    • It may be easiest to think of the contest like a science fair, except instead of making a science project, students build a model home. Contestants spend time before the contest building their three-dimensional model dream home and then present it on the day of the contest along with a written paragraph as to why this is their dream home. Judges from across the architecture, construction, engineering, realty, and planning professions will evaluate each entry  based upon originality and creativity, use of materials, appearance and design, and independent effort.
  • Can I work in a group of three or more?
    • Sorry, but you may only work individually or with one partner. We want to ensure that each team member has contributed and been fully engaged in the project, which becomes difficult with a larger group. We can also only fit so many people behind a table the day of the contest!
  • Are there any restrictions or requirements on what I can use to build my house?
    • Absolutely not! The only requirements are that your house must be three-dimensional and fit on a base no larger than 2ft x 3ft.
  • Can I bring my other children to this event?
    • Absolutely! Even though the contest itself is only open to fifth graders, the whole family can attend. While contestants receive raffle tickets, a light snack, and are eligible for prizes, there will be food for purchase and activities for the rest of the family!

                                           Have any questions or concerns? Interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor?                                         Contact Kate at katie@hfhcc.org or call 610-384-7993, ext. 10.

Founding Partner:    

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Event Sponsor:                                                              In partnership with:

 

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13th Annual Driving to Build Golf Outing

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CTDI team

It was a beautiful day at Radley Run Country Club on Monday, June 13 as 112 golfers enjoyed a round of golf in support of decent, affordable housing. The Driving to Build event was a tremendous success, thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

 

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Cookout Sponsor:

 

BVHVAC FINAL WHITECO

Beverage Cart Sponsors:
Rick & Robin Gasloli
Phillips Mushroom Farms
Rainer & Company

Snack Table Sponsors:
Fox Rothschild LLP
Mattioni
TrevDan Inc.
Viwinco

Closest to the Pin Sponsor:
Pennoni Associates

Straightest Drive Sponsor:
The Bourbon Trailblazers

Hole-in-One Sponsor:
Audi West Chester

Beer Sponsor:
Sly Fox

Thanks also to our numerous tee sponsors, silent auction donors, Joe Mendez and the Radley Run staff, the golf committee of Ted Zobian and Eric Flicker, and the many volunteers who helped make the outing a special one!

Raise the Roof 2016

Raise the Roof

It’s time to help Habitat Raise the Roof and Rock the House at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown.

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

Tickets: $40/person*, which includes a variety of Victory beer, food, a silent auction, and live music. Purchase tickets online by clicking here or contact Jason at the information below. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Questions? Contact Jason Pyrah at 610-384-7993, ext. 12 or Jason@hfhcc.org.

*If you purchase tickets online, you will receive confirmation of your order within 2 business days.

Space is limited. Get your tickets today!

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Build a House, Build a Dream 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 13th annual Build a House…Build a Dream contest for kids!

2016 winners

build-a-houseCongratulations to the winners!

First Place: Andrew from Shamona Creek Elementary

Second Place: Georgia & Aashna from Wallingford Elementary

Third Place: Daniel, Ben, & Sam from St. Joseph School in Downingtown

We would also like to congratulate all of our talented fifth-grade participants for a job well done! A special thank you to all of the judges and volunteers who helped make the event such a success.

Build a House…Build a Dream would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors and donors:

• Fox & Roach Charities • Pennoni Associates • Church Farm School •  Giant • George Fasic • Eric & Gerry Ann Flicker • John McGovern • Martin Architectural Group •  Ted & Melanie Zobian • BJ’s Wholesale Club •  Grand Slam USA •  Herr’s •  The Home Depot •  Philadelphia Rock Gyms •  Reading Fightin Phils •  Sky Zone Glen Mills •  Tyler Arboretum • Vaughan & Sautter Builders, Inc.

Presenting Sponsor:                                                                                                                                        Event Sponsor:

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Celebrating 25 Years of Building Houses, Hope & Dignity!

Habitatf4Humanity_25thGalaLogoASave the date to celebrate our silver anniversary by sharing an elegant and entertaining evening at Radnor Hunt this autumn!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6:00pm – 10:30pm
Black-Tie Invited Gala Highlights:
Cocktail Reception
Five-Course Gourmet Local Chef Dinner
Live & Silent Auctions
Dancing to The Love Jones Band
Special Guests & Surprises
Advance Purchase Tickets* (until September 1):
Preferred Table – $1,800 for 8 guests
Individual – $225 per guest
After September 1: $2,000/table & $250/ticket
(*a portion is tax-deductible)
To purchase tickets and tables please use this PayPal button:
Individual Tickets and Tables





To become a sponsor please email gala@hfhcc.org today!