News » Shane Homes and Excel Homes, in partnership with Ernest Manning High School and Sir William Van Horn

Shane Homes and Excel Homes, in partnership with Ernest Manning High School and Sir William Van Horne High School are excited to announce that two playhouses designed and built by students will be auctioned on CJAY 92 and Vibe 98-5 with all proceeds raised going to their Kids Funds.

Shane Homes and Ernest Manning High School have an eleven year strong partnership with a mandate to expose students to the construction industry through both classroom and hands-on experience. This partnership grew last year with the addition of two new partners, Sir William Van Horne High School and Excel Homes.

This will bring a total of three playhouses donated to the Kids Fund with the first playhouse raising over $6,200 in the Spring of 2008.

The two playhouses being auctioned this year are the “Boys Fort” and the “Girls Dream Dollhouse”. The Boys Fort was designed by a grade 10 student at Ernest Manning from the Design Class and the grade 12 Construction Services class at Van Horne built it from scratch. The Girls Dream Dollhouse was also built by Van Horne students.

The Construction Services teacher at Van Horne, Vaughn Erhardt, who has been involved with the construction of all three playhouses says “The students involved in the project felt a tremendous sense of pride. Many of them had never even picked up a hammer when they first came to class – to be involved in building the playhouses from the ground up meant a lot to these students. Some of them actually expressed an interest in pursuing a trade as a career choice.”

The Boy’s Fort Playhouse is all about fun at 14’ length x 7’ wide x 8’4 tall. With a climbing wall and slide from the second floor deck allowing you to run loops around the building, it is the perfect playhouse for the active child. The Boy’s Fort is sure to become a favorite place for kids to play, while mom and dad will appreciate this extra play space. It will be auctioned on CJAY starting June 15 with all proceeds going towards CJAY’s Kids Fund.

The Girl’s Dream Dollhouse is a playhouse sized version of a dollhouse at 12’ length x 7’5 width x 7’ tall. This playhouse must be seen to be fully appreciated with French doors, cedar shake exterior with pink trim, and abundant windows with curve detailing. Inside there is plenty of room for playing with a volume ceiling. A skylight and multitude of windows allow in plenty of natural light. It will be auctioned on Vibe 98-5 starting June 15 with all proceeds going towards Vibe’s Kids Fund.

Shane Wenzel, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Shane Homes adds “We’re very proud of our long standing partnership with Ernest Manning. Our goal of exposing kids to drafting, design and the construction industry is certainly happening with the playhouses, and now on a far more reaching scale than we had initially planned with our involvement with Van Horne. Being able to raise money by auctioning the playhouses and donating it to the Kids Fund is a nice side benefit that we are proud to be part of.”

The playhouses will be auctioned off over a one week period on CJAY’s and Vibe’s morning shows and online at and Guests will be able to bid on the playhouse starting June 15 with the highest bid winning the playhouse at 10 am on Friday, June 19. The money raised from the auction will go to Vibe and CJAY’s Kid’s Fund, a year round initiative of the radio stations, with a goal to assist less fortunate families and their children in and around the Calgary area.