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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 8:12 p.m.

Ann Arbor Student Building Program to hold second annual pancake dinner fundraiser

By Lizzy Alfs

The next Flippin’ Out for Student Builders pancake dinner fundraiser will take place from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29 in Pioneer High School’s cafeteria.

Since 1970, the Ann Arbor Student Building Program has partnered Ann Arbor high school students with local business professionals to provide educational training in the building trades and home building.

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In 2010, the Durston and Knieper families ate pancakes together in support of the student building program.

photos courtesy of the Ann Arbor Student Building program

The program consists of a group of junior and senior students who build a house from raw land to finished product each year with the supervision of an instructor.

In summer 2011, student’s completed the program’s 41st home construction project on Earl Shaffer Court in the Sumerset subdivision.

The pancake dinner fundraiser launched in recent years to improve awareness of the program and provide scholarship opportunities for students who wish to attend college in a construction related field of study, according to the program’s website.

Last year, about 200 community members attended the dinner and approximately $2,700 was raised to go toward the scholarships.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $7 at the door, and $5 for groups of ten or more. There will be all-you-can-eat pancakes, fruit and beverages.

Sponsors for the event include Bank of Ann Arbor, Mans Lumber, Anderson Paint, E.A.S Realty, Varsity Ford, Mechanical Industry Labor Management Fund, UA Local 190 and Greater Michigan PMC Association, Richard Landau and Johnson Brothers Construction.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at