The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 127
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 127

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f F16-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday. December 12, 16 Kivssng at COVERED 1RHBGE mraeasas daSSeresat tMsngs to diSSeireffiit people. i fi r- r-T ; W . -' . . f f . if mm ' 4 if ;, For Lee and Mae Harris jjkj ITS THE SOCIAL LIFE. 1 i 1 " 1 , ' ? Staff Photo by Ron Llndtty Lee and Mae Harris like to square dance, play games and socialize with their neighbors. They also enjoy the Priceless Lifestyle of Covered Bridge because it is convenient to cultural activities, fine restaurants and all kinds of shopping and golf. The Harrises looked at 41 other condominiums before moving to Covered Bridge. They knew what they wanted. They are proud to live where the happy people live, a beautifully landscaped condominium with miles of bike paths, two pools, a million dollar lake-front clubhouse, tennis courts, organized social activities and a host of friendly people. Covered Bridge, where the happy people live, offers a truly Priceless Lifestyle from ... Atlantic High School student David Albers tries his hand at sewing as part of a program to teach students how to deal with real-life problems. 'Real Education' Teaches Job Skills In One Class, Students Design Their Dream Homes i a. J I 4 Directions Entranu1 J 2 on Like Worth Hudtl 1 just east ot the 2 Turnpike, Ex.t 36 . W1 . L & LAKE - WEBEB leiepnone: oua-uoo-ouu omanan Florida inc. VL0 in the Palm Beaches ' I ul I P.O. Box 1414, Lake Worth, Fla. 33460 Students at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach learn how to buy a home. Students at South Technical Education Center, Boynton Beach, learn how to build a home. The "how to" is part of an attempt by school officials in Palm Beach County to make courses like drafting, carpentry, masonry, consumer math, economics and sociology more meaningful to students. "Not every school has to do it," said I. Earl Hawk, principal at Atlantic High School. "But we've put the courses into our program because we feel they're pertinent. The courses also are offered because we had a sufficient number of students expressing interest in them." At South Tech, Dr. Carlos R. Schmitt, director, has gotten financial backing from Home Savings and Loan Association to build a house. Construction of the three-bedroom, two-bath cement-block structure will begin in September 1977. About 100 students from classes in drafting, masonry, cabinetmaking, horticulture, air conditioning, merchandising and commercial art will be involved in the project. Schmitt is viewing lots within a 5-mile radius of the campus. When the right lot is found, the house will be designed by drafting students according to the community's building code. "I'm also looking for a general contractor who would be willing to teach the course," he said. After it's completed, the house will be placed on the market. Students involved in the program range from high school students seeking a diploma to college graduates seeking job skills. Schmitt considers the house-building concept to be "an excellent idea of realistic education." Although initial financing is coming from the savings and loan association, Schmitt says he hopes that the program eventually will become seif-supporting with the students building a house a year. Meanwhile, at Atlantic High School, students ages 15 through 17, learn how to buy a house, obtain a loan, acquire utilities and establish credit. Textbooks in classes such as consumer math offer as many as 20 sections on the cost of housing and renting an apartment. Included are sections on the cost of electricity, gas, telephone, mortgages and taxes. Three other booklets used in economics and sociology classes are devoted to insurance, banking and house hunting and are given to the schools by the South Palm Beach County Association of Insurance Agents, Palm Beach County Banks Association and Delray Beach Board of Realtors. A fourth booklet, "Building America," offered by the savings and loan association as a short course in the history and oper ation of savings and loans associations, shows students how to determine if they're qualified for a loan and how to apply for it. In interior design classes, students learn to make draperies, cut the budget and design a house of their dreams. For three weeks students aged 14 and 15, put together a scrap-book of pictures illustrating what they'd like in their homes. Most of the students' dream homes were northern designs. One girl, Tami Gonsman, wanted a two-story brick colonial with one room decorated in what she termed "Pennsylvania Dutch." Another student, Kathy Barrett, made provisions in her home for a wine cellar. She did not, however, provide much room for a large family because, "I don't want any children until I've seen and done all the things I want to see and do." In architectural drafting, the students designed a house and drafted plans for it. Garth Mager, 16, didn't even blink an eye when he described his 68-foot-by-33-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath, cement block structure as a "cheapy" which would cost "between $32,000 and $40,000. Houses the drafting students designed range in size from 51 feet by 41 feet to 108 feet by 55 feet and cost $33,000 to $120,000. They all have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The $102,000 house, designed by Bill Jordan, 17, would have a 7-foot tinted glass window in front and would be built around an inner court. He called it a "modern ranch." "It's kind of hard to design a house for no specific area," he said. "But I liked the idea of doing something different." Not very many students will leave high school and build or design a house, but most probably will either buy or rent a house or apartment during their lifetime. However, according to John Hawk-en, most students show little interest in courses on homebuying and apartment renting. "Most of the students don't see how any of this applies to them," he said. "They think they'll be living at home all their lives, I guess." Because the courses which offer sessions in homebuying and mortgage payments are not mandatory, only about 400 of the school's more than 2,000 students take advantage of them. According to Faye Vaughn, a consumer math teacher, students are more interested in answers to math questions in mortgages and interest rates than how to arrive at the answers. "If they show any interest at all, it's just to know how much their monthly payments and closing costs on a house would be," Hawken said. Only drafting students take the session on homebuying seriously because many plan to go on to college-- SANDRA WESLEY Condominiums From! r WW' rMrHLnBrVrnrMflhHMr FEATURING Spacious apartments . . . Large terraces . . . Abundant closets and storage . . . Recreation facility set in a parklike atmosphere . , . 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