Students from Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools have been busy finding new uses for old items. Over the past several months, students participated in RENEW, a joint venture between Fitzpatrick Architects and the Tyler ISD Career and Technology Department.

Students in the high schools’ architecture, construction, art and engineering departments designed, transformed and constructed new and unique products out of existing items. Fitzpatrick Architects, acting as mentors to the students, assisted and judged students in designing the products which will be auctioned off to raise money for Smith County Habitat for Humanity.

Twenty items will be auctioned off online at Bidding begins March 7 at 10 a.m. and ends March 9 at 9 p.m.

All items will be on display at the Sears end of Broadway Square Mall this weekend, March 7-9. Photos of the items may be seen at

Repurposed items include a chair made from a bathtub, a coffee table made from a door and two drawers, a chandelier made of paint cans, and a table made out of pallets. Other items include a glass-top hinged display table, a Ping-Pong table, a puppet theater, a chaise lounge chair and a variety of small tables and benches.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit Smith County Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates homes for people in need.


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