Judges named the Creativity House’s replica of the house from Disney’s “Up!” the winner of this year’s CANstruction competition. As the winning house, Creativity will receive 100 Makers points. (Staff photos by Tali Hunt/thunt@madisoncourier.com)
Judges named the Creativity House’s replica of the house from Disney’s “Up!” the winner of this year’s CANstruction competition. As the winning house, Creativity will receive 100 Makers points. (Staff photos by Tali Hunt/thunt@madisoncourier.com)
The Creativity House’s replica of the house from Disney’s Up! Won this year’s CANstruction project competition at Madison Junior High School. Members of Madison Consolidated Schools transportation and maintenance teams judged the projects Tuesday, Dec. 19.

“I think these are the best projects we’ve ever had,” said Jill Mires, MJHS principal.

MJHS teacher Jeanna Carter organized the annual project for the 15th year. The CANstruction projects began right after Thanksgiving with a student-led canned food drive to benefit the Jefferson County House of Hope food pantry. The student goal for this year was to collect 4,000 cans. Students beat their goal, collecting 4,820 cans by Dec. 1. The House of Hope picked up half the cans before the construction began, leaving 500 cans for each house to use.

“The competition is just a fun way to encourage them to bring in cans,” said Carter.

Carter estimated 40 to 45 students helped with the construction process. The student-initiated designs were all Disney-themed. Students worked during free periods and through their lunch periods to complete the projects. Fifty percent of the construction had to be cans.

The Invention House recreated a Disney castle, the Adventure House quoted Disney characters in the scene of an elf conquering mountains and the Tomorrow House displayed Toy Story characters and a rocket ready for take-off.

After the displays were deconstructed, a group of students helped deliver the remaining 2,000 cans to the House of Hope and helped sort them for distribution.