The staff members at Palmer Pubic School in Palmer, Nebraska are celebrating after being announced  that they are the next school to receive a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover from California Casualty. “We will have a real place to meet, relax, and hold meetings – I can’t wait,” exclaimed English teacher Mary Gregoski, after learning she had submitted the winning entry. Mary, also the school librarian, is in her 10th year teaching at Palmer Public School in Palmer, Nebraska.

Mary is dedicated to making a difference every day, teaching life skills, building relationships, and impacting students’ lives. “I focus on what I can do to prepare them for what’s coming next, and I’m always asking myself, ‘What’s best for the kids?’”

“The staff deserves this for all that they do giving to students and the community,” said School Superintendent Joel Bohlken.

The school currently has no designated area where employees can eat lunch, visit and rejuvenate. Designers from EON Office Supplies will work with the staff to create a space with organized storage, new appliances and furniture, and soothing colors. The new lounge will be unveiled in October.

Mary applied for the makeover after a presentation from California Casualty’s Stephanie Whitmore during a Nebraska Education Association Leadership event. “We are just so grateful that California Casualty thinks about educators,” Mary added.

Palmer Public School is the 13th school to receive a School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. The contest was created in 2011 to provide educators a more conducive environment to take a break and share time.

Find more information about California Casualty and it’s giving programs at stay tuned for Palmer Public School’s School Lounge Makeover big reveal!


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