What a surprise from Whataburger!

Representatives from the fast-food chain paid a visit to a construction technology class at Red Oak High School recently, delivering breakfast and a grant to cover the cost of a classroom project.

Students will design and construct a Whataburger playhouse for the 25th annual Parade of Playhouses charity event, put on by Dallas CASA - a national organization of volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates that help abused and neglected children find safe and permanent homes.

“Whataburger has been a part of [CASA’s] fundraiser for the past three years…,” Brand Development Coordinator Julie Bethel said. “Whataburger chose to work with an area school district that we serve and ROHS was submitted and approved to work with us on this Playhouse Project. Whataburger covers the cost of building and transporting the playhouse.”

The student project will be on display at the Parade this summer at Northpark Center in Dallas, along with other playhouses built by participating schools, organizations and individuals. Shoppers will purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a playhouse. All proceeds benefit Dallas CASA.

This is the first time ROHS students are participating in the annual event.

“The scope of impact for the students, community, Whataburger and CASA is beyond measure,” Construction Technology Teacher Doug Wuerch explained. “I am excited for the students to have a project with such a philanthropic benefit. We will create a first-class playhouse for CASA and Whataburger that the district and school will be proud of, but in the end, the students will gain the pride of creating something for a cause.”

A portion of the grant from Whataburger was donated to the school’s career and technical education program, the district said.

“This is such a great opportunity,” Red Oak ISD Superintendent Brenda Sanford posted on Facebook. “Thank you, Whataburger.”