Theft at Child's Way impacts tiny house project


The students at Child’s Way charter school has intended on “going slow” in building a tiny house in their wood shop class. But after a break-in last week, the project has come to a grinding halt.

“A sad thing happened last weekend,” said principal Mike Kerns. “Our gym was broken into and 18 new rolls of insulation and two Makita drill kits were stolen.” 

Kerns placed the value of the items taken at approximately $800. Located in Dorena, Child’s Way is part of the South Lane School District and focuses on a small-school environment, experimental learning and hands-on education. The tiny house was meant to teach students how to use tools and the value of embracing green technology. The project utilized some donated wood but most of the material was purchased out of the school’s budget including the smart water heater, sink and flooring. The plan was to finish the house, sell it and purchase material to make another tiny house.

“(We) didn’t file a police report because previous times they have said there is nothing they can really do,” Kerns said, noting that Child’s Way falls under the county sheriff’s jurisdiction.

The school has notified stores in Eugene that may buy insulation that the rolls were stolen and made posters of the stolen items, posting them around the area and on the school’s social media.

Kerns said he will purchased additional insulation so the project can be completed but is asking if anyone has information about the thefts to contact Child’s Way at 541-946-1821.


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