May 9, 2018 The room was absolutely buzzing after this morning’s presentation by students from Summer Creek and Kingwood Park High Schools on their vision for Students Helping Veterans. I’m here to tell you that this event was equal to any professional pitch by seasoned adults. The main Power Point presentation was led by each school’s student body president and the subsequent table presentations were run by students from both schools. Add to that the outstanding catering by the Summer Creek HS Culinary Arts students and the entire 90-minute event absolutely blew my mind.
In short, these students came together to propose a pilot program to build tiny transitional houses for homeless veterans. It is an ambitious idea one year in the making and one that will take several years to come to fruition with the help of the entire community.
I was there as a representative of HAAM. We value our partnership with Humble ISD and are always looking for new ways to inspire and be inspired. Just yesterday we acted on a previous HISD presentation on indoor tower gardens when Leadership Lake Houston installed on at HAAM. Today we learned how we might again work together by providing education, training, and case management for veterans who will ultimately participate in this tiny house venture.
But I was also there as a parent of a rising freshman who has chosen architecture as his high school course of study. Let me tell you what I saw:
- Students from two schools that are almost an hour apart who brought a vision to their administrators and then took action, working closely together to address the very real problem of homelessness among returning veterans.
- Administrators who embraced the challenge, showing students a model community in Austin, guiding them through a planning and branding process, building models of the homes, costing out every aspect of the buildings, and creating a public relations campaign.
- Well-designed computer and 3-D models of homes, a solid cost analysis, and a 2-stage plan to build homes.
- Bright, articulate, creative, talented, and well-prepared students passionate about their work.