CT Educators See Their $7,500 School Lounge Makeover© From California Casualty
The New Year will be brighter and more comfortable for the English Department at Plainville High School in Plainville, Connecticut, after a $7500 School Lounge Makeover© from California Casualty.
The contest was won by Debbie Seibert, who discovered it while reading her NEA Today publication. She was announced as the latest winner in November and the finished product was unveiled Friday, December 20. Teachers and staff were greeted by new vibrant colors; a stylish reading area with new furniture, area rug and accent chairs; a large metal table to accommodate a microwave, toaster oven and crock pots; a work space for a “floating instructor” who has no permanent classroom; and, what is thought to be a first for the School Lounge Makeover® contest, a lactation area. “It’s now a striking, soothing area,” remarked Seibert. “Thanks to California Casualty we now have an efficient, inviting work space and lounge, including cabinetry with storage that is built at work height. This replaces the collection of scavenged desks and tables that held our equipment before. …and our instructional leader has a new chair for her office so she no longer has to tighten the screws weekly to avoid it collapsing under her,” she said.
Recognizing the lifelong impact of teachers and the current financial strain on public schools, California Casualty created the School Lounge Makeover® contest in 2011. Twice a year, one randomly drawn winner receives a major transformation of the primary space at his or her school that teachers and staff can go to rejuvenate and recharge.
Entries for the next California Casualty $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® are now being taken here . A contestant must be an active employee of a K-12 public school or school administrator and a member of NEA or ACSA, COSA, NASA, KASE or OAESA. Should a school administrator win who does not work on a school campus, he/she will have the option of choosing the public school to receive the makeover. All members at the school may also enter, thus increasing their school’s chances of winning.