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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Morton High School joins birdhouse challenge

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  • When Habitat for Humanity hosts its third 2x4s & More Art Show & Auction fundraiser, it will have a touch of Morton with it.
     
    Morton High School is one of 10 area schools that are in the process of decorating a birdhouse made from 2x4s.
     
    “They put a callout to the school with an announcement saying, ‘If anyone is interested in doing this, submit an idea,’” teacher Michelle DeBoer said.
     
    The birdhouse decorating is part of the Habitat Birdhouse Challenge Habitat for Humanity is adding to its annual fundraiser.
     
    DeBoer said that in past years, the group had students decorate 2x4s however they wanted.
     
    “We never entered in that. But, I think they decided to go to this, which is a little more interesting to the kids anyway,” she said.
     
    The completed birdhouse, made by the Central Illinois Woodworkers Club, was given to the school earlier this month. DeBoer then put a callout out to the school to see who was interested in designing it.
     
    She said that Michael Monroe volunteered to work on it. While DeBoer hadn’t had a class with her before, she has been following his progress on the decoration.
     
    “I’ve checked with him a couple of times to see how he’s doing with it, but I’ve basically just said, ‘Keep your receipts. As long as you’re not plating it in gold, we should be good,’” she said.
     
    Monroe is currently designing the birdhouse similar to a German cuckoo clock according to DeBoer.
     
    The birdhouses are due back to Habitat for Humanity by Dec. 1.
     
    From there, the birdhouses will be auctioned off, along with other donated artwork, to raise money to build six houses in 2013.
     
    The fundraiser is set for Feb. 9. Pieces submitted will be judged and the top pieces will be auctioned off during the live auction. Other pieces will be auctioned during the silent auction.
     
    While this is Morton’s first year participating in designing a birdhouse, DeBoer said that Habitat started doing the birdhouses last year.
     
    She added that the school will probably do it again next year.

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