Seventeenth Annual ‘Build A House…Build A Dream!’ Contest for Kids March 21, 2020 at Church Farm School

Seventeenth Annual 'Build A House…Build A Dream!' Contest for Kids March 21, 2020 at Church Farm SchoolCredit: Habitat for Humanity Chester County

EXTON, PA — Now in its seventeenth year, ‘Build a House…Build a Dream’ raises awareness of the home-building efforts of Habitat for Humanity in the local Delaware Valley. Fifth-grade students in the Delaware Valley work individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream homes.

These three-dimensional models are only limited by students’ imaginations. In previous years, students have created model houses designed to withstand tsunamis, houses based on spaceships and bongo drums, houses made entirely of pencils and pasta, and energy-efficient, environmentally friendly homes.

All children receive recognition for their efforts and the top three entries earn prizes. The contest is free to enter and relies exclusively on sponsorship to raise money.

Students deliver their models to the Church Farm School in Exton for display and judging. Students will need to be standing with their dream homes on March 21, 2020, at 9:15 am for the panel of judges to speak with them about their inspiration and process.

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There will be three rounds of judging with contestants being dismissed after each round. The top three dream homes will be announced during an awards ceremony with the top three prizes awarded to the winners.

While the panel of volunteers, Habitat board members and architects in the community judge the dream homes, there will also be raffles, snacks and activities for the students and their families to keep the fun going. The event ends at approximately 12:00 pm after all prizes have been handed out.

Since 2002, more than 6,000 fifth grade students representing some 750 schools throughout the area have participated, and the contest has raised roughly a half-million dollars through sponsorship to help support Habitat’s regional homebuilding initiatives.

Register online by Friday, February 29, 2020, at or call 610-384-7993 x 19

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Sponsorship information can be found at

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