11/20/15 Playhouses on parade

Gregory Standafer’s Core and Sustainable Construction Class was one of three classes that helped to build this playhouse at Graham High School. Carpentry students at Graham and three other high schools built houses that will be featured as floats this Saturday in the Burlington Christmas Parade.

Photos by Sam Roberts / Times-News

   Gregory Standafer’s Core and Sustainable Construction Class was one of three classes that helped to build this playhouse at Graham High School. Carpentry students at Graham and three other high schools built houses that will be featured as floats this Saturday in the Burlington Christmas Parade.

Playhouses on parade
The Times-News 11/20/15  
Reprinted with permission.  

Playhouse  

   Along with the unicycle team from Andrews Elementary School and Santa Claus, four playhouses will wend their way through downtown on a trailer Saturday morning in the 69th Burlington Christmas Parade.

   Carpentry students from Graham, Southern Alamance, Eastern Alamance and Western Alamance high schools built them for the Alamance-Caswell Builders Association’s first playhouse showcase competition.

   The association gave the same building materials to each of the county’s four high school carpentry programs , said Susan Black, executive officer of the builders association, but member businesses donated things like paint and carpet so each school could make its playhouse stand out. “They became very creative,” Black said, “and we ended up with four very different playhouses.” The association is selling three of the playhouses to raise money for the carpentry programs and it self, and raffling off the fourth. The playhouses will sell for $1,925, and raffle tickets sell for $5 each or five for $20.

   Tickets will be on sale at the parade and later at Signarama, 308 Huffman Mill Road; Allen Tate Realtors, 3315 Garden Road, Burlington; the Children’s Museum of Alamance County, 217 S. Main St., Graham; and Remax Diamond Realty, 202 S. Fifth St., Mebane.

   After the parade, the playhouses will be on display outside Lowe’s Home Improvement store, 125 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, until Dec. 8.

   The winning playhouse will be announced today, Black said.

IF YOU GO

What: Burlington Christmas Parade

Where: Downtown Burlington starting on Front Street. The parade route was printed in Thursday’s Times-News.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Streets close at 8 a.m.

Why: More than 100 units, including school bands, martial arts and jump-rope demonstrations, horses, a mule, unicycles, dogs on parade and, of course, Santa Claus.