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Canstruction® Jr with Rockford Lutheran High School


We are seeking donations of specific canned foods for Rockford Lutheran High School’s Canstruction® Exhibition. All of the cans of food will be donated back to Carpenter’s Place after the exhibition on Sunday, March 13.

As you can see in the examples structures further down in this post, the can labels are an important creative element in the design. Because the labels make the design for the structure, the specific brands and sizes are needed.

Drop off

Rockford Lutheran High School
3411 N Alpine Road
Rockford, IL 61107

The office is open from 7:00am until 4:00pm. Push the doorbell at the Day Entrance.


Friday, March 4

Monetary Donation

Don’t have time to shop? Donate directly to Rockford Lutheran so they can access the funds right away. They will send a representative to purchase the cans they need.

The Exhibition: Sunday, March 13

Carpenter’s Place is thrilled to partner with Rockford Lutheran High School on this exciting Canstruction® exhibition. Watching young people imagine, design, and build structures out of unopened cans of food leaves a lasting impression. These students are not only addressing the needs of the homeless men, women, and families we serve at Carpenter’s Place but are raising awareness of the underserved throughout the Rockford area. The staff, students, and families of Rockford Lutheran have our gratitude and deserve our applause.


Canstruction® provides an innovative and fun tool to teach basic and advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) practices. Canstruction® helps to introduce youth to the design, architecture, and engineering fields to promote the industry and future careers in these fields while instilling the importance of performing community service.

This charitable competition lets students design and build structures made entirely of canned food while incorporating design/engineering principles. At the end of the event all food is donated to a local food bank — in this case, Carpenter’s Place is the grateful recipient of the canned goods!

Here are a few examples of structures completed at previous Canstruction® events.

The Event: Sunday, March 13

We invite you to join us on Sunday, March 13 to view the creative and innovative structure created entirely out of full cans of food. Admission is free. All canned food will be donated to Carpenter’s Place after the event.

About Rockford Lutheran

Rockford Lutheran School is more than any one classroom or a single grade. The Lutheran Experience begins in preschool and ends with students acquiring college credit, we walk with families as their young people develop and mature. Making a choice for Lutheran is making a choice to be part of an exceptional college preparatory education in a challenging and inspiring Christian environment. Learn more:

About Canstruction®

Canstruction, Inc. was founded in 1992 by the late Cheri Melillo and her colleagues from the Society for Design Administration (SDA). Cheri was first inspired by the notion of Canstruction® through trial competitions held in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA. Cheri created a Canstruction chapter in New York and held the first official Canstruction Competition in New York, NY on November 13, 1993.

Cheri’s vision was to unite the design, engineering and construction industry through a unique and fun medium that would provide canned food to hunger relief organizations. The SDA championed the cause by encouraging their chapters throughout the United States to host a Canstruction event in their local community. Learn more:

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