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James Rumsey Technical Institute Receives National Humanitarian Award

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April 10, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Representatives from James Rumsey Technical Institute were honored last week in Arlington, Virginia for the work of their students and faculty in building tiny homes for victims of West Virginia’s June 2016 floods. The Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award has been issued since 2009 during the Development District Association of Appalachia Annual Conference, and honors an individual or organization that exemplifies care, compassion and a positive spirit in helping others.

Carpentry, electrical technology and multimedia students, as well as the faculty of James Rumsey Technical Institute were honored for their collaboration with Habitat for Humanity in providing fully-equipped tiny homes to provide comfort and shelter to families displaced by the June 2016 flooding.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our students who gave so much of their time and effort to help their neighbors in need,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The award and national recognition that James Rumsey received is a positive reflection on all of our students who participated in the Tiny Homes project.”

The Tiny Homes project was a collaboration among several entities, including the West Virginia Department of Education’s Simulated Workplace Program, The Office of the Governor, The West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Chief Officer of Career Technical Education, Kathy D’Antoni and her team suggested having Simulated Workplace students build tiny homes as a temporary or permanent housing solution for those who were displaced. The James Rumsey Technical Institute, along with 11 other Simulated Workplace Programs across the state, eagerly accepted the challenge.

In addition to the tiny home that the James Rumsey Technical Institute created during the initial Tiny Homes Project, students and faculty have completed another home and are in the process of building two more.

To learn more about the James Rumsey Tiny Homes Project, visit http://www.jamesrumsey.com/2017/02/22/tinyhomeproject/.

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