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BC Housing & Interior Design students donate dollhouse to Hamagrael

Filed in BCHS, Student Spotlight by on January 4, 2019

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Bethlehem Central High School students studying Housing & Interior Design have built and designed a dollhouse that was donated to the Hamagrael Elementary School Occupational Therapy program, where students will be able to work on their fine motor and visual perception skills. 

The dollhouse was the last project for the students in the semester long course, which is the first of its kind at BCHS and is a part of the Family and Consumer Science program.

The project required the students to identify and organize the 47 different items in the 150 piece Vermont Farmhouse Dollhouse kit from the Real Good Toys company. The students selected which part of the house they wanted to work on throughout the build, which included priming, sanding and painting each piece. They used the instruction booklet, along with how-to photos and videos, as guides throughout the process that took 13 class days from start to finish.

“Even though the project had its challenges and was more complicated than some students expected,” said FACS Teacher Maria Hayes. “They are really excited to pass on their hard work to younger students who will be able to use it for years to come.”

The students revealed the finished product to Hamagrael Principal Dave Ksanznak, Occupational Therapist Terri Guenther, and Social Worker Deb Lanoue, who were all extremely appreciative and very excited to be able to bring back the dollhouse to their students. Guenther said the dollhouse will be used by all grade levels at Hamagrael.

“This will give our students wonderful opportunities for further growth,” said Guenther. “The students will be able to work on sharing skills, personal  boundaries, social interaction, and even fine-tune their motor skills by using their hands to play with small objects.”

Thank you to Ashley Davis, Hannah Duncan, Kendall Gordinier, Breyana Jegede, Gillian MacDonald, Emma Radzyminski, Julia Reickert, Marisa Seres, and Ava-Lauren Wilber for all of their hard work!