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Teen Built House to be Auctioned to the Highest Bidder
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Teen Built House to be Auctioned to the Highest Bidder

Cash Realty & Auctions will auction a student built modular home on Friday, June 10 at 9:30 a.m. The three bedroom, one bathroom, 1,242 square-foot ranch was built by the high school students enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES building trades program.

For the past 15 years, students have built a home as part of a hands-on learning experience offered by public education via Erie 1 BOCES. The house has been inspected and meets building code. Updates to the floor plan include a larger common bath, a larger master bedroom, an electric fireplace, built-in computer work station and buffet, and a security system donated by Casco Security Systems.

Chris Burgio, instructor at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center in Cheektowaga, is eager for the students to see the culmination of their project on auction day. “The students work very hard each year to build these houses. This project not only helps the students learn, but it also gives them a sense of pride when their hard work is admired by eager bidders,” voiced Burgio.

The structure, which cost nearly $40,000 in materials to build, currently stands in the school parking lot on a temporary foundation. The successful bidder will be able to move the building to a location of their choosing.

This is the 15th year that auctioneer Cash Cunningham has auctioned the modular home on behalf of Erie 1 BOCES. “This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a bargain home while supporting the BOCES student education and ensuring the continuation of this wonderful program,” said Cunningham. “This began with a grant from the Wendt Foundation to buy materials so the students could build a home. Through 15 years of successful auctions, this program has been self-funding and the quality of the homes gets better each year.”

Auction proceeds will allow Erie 1 BOCES to purchase building materials needed for future classes. More auction information is posted on www.cashauction.com.

As part of public education, Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of career and technical programs during the normal school day to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as building trades, web technologies or dental lab technologies, should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.

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