When The Ohio State Buckeyes play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship game Jan. 11 in Miami, there won’t just be one winner in South Florida: In partnership with the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFP Foundation), School Specialty LLC is donating $125,000 in makeover services to two area K-12 schools.
Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale will receive $100,000 in furniture and equipment to create a media center that includes a mindfulness area, recharge sharing nook, screen-printing studio, VR Hub and an eSports Zone. Belle Glade Elementary School near West Palm Beach is getting $25,000 in furnishings to redesign its media center – including a designated Early Childhood space.
The donations are part of the Extra Yard Makeover Project, an annual tradition of giving in which School Specialty and the CFP Foundation team up to create more dynamic learning environments within schools where the National Championship game is being played. The foundation chooses the schools that will benefit from the makeovers, and School Specialty works with them to design modern environments that support more active and engaging learning.
This year’s donations also include cutting-edge technology to help the schools deliver in-person instruction safely during the pandemic. Stranahan is getting an intelligent robot from UBTECH that uses UV-C rays to disinfect learning spaces, protecting students and staff from COVID-19 and other pathogens. Belle Glade is getting a TRIO Plus portable air filter from Field Controls to accomplish the same task in its new media center.
“We’re proud of our partnership with the CFP Foundation and thrilled to make a difference in local communities,” says Stacey Rubin, Senior Vice President of Marketing for School Specialty. “This aligns with our mission as a company to inspire students and transform education with the help of modern learning environments.”