TISD students in joint venture to help nonprofit

Published on Thursday, 6 March 2014 00:28 - Written by From Staff Reports

Over the past several months, students from Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools have been redesigning old items as part of RENEW, a joint venture between Fitzpatrick Architects and the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Department.

Students in the high schools’ architecture, construction, art and engineering departments designed, transformed and constructed new and unique products out of existing items.

Fitzpatrick Architects, acting as mentors to the students, assisted and judged students in designing the products that will be auctioned off to raise money for Smith County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates homes for low-income individuals.

A total of 20 items will be auctioned off online atwww.32auctions.com/renew . Bidding begins at 10 a.m. Friday and ends at 9 p.m. Sunday.

All items will be on display at the Sears end of Broadway Square Mall this weekend. Photos of the items may be seen atwww.32auc tions. com/renew.

Repurposed items include a chair made from a bathtub, a coffee table made from a door and two drawers, a chandelier made of paint cans, and a table made out of pallets. Other items include a glass-top hinged display table, a Ping-Pong table, a puppet theater, a chaise lounge chair and a variety of small tables and benches.