As students head to class this fall, four lucky teachers will welcome them back in style, thanks to classroom renovations donated by Addition Financial.
To thank local teachers, Addition Financial kicked off its 2019 Renovate to Educate Contest, selecting one public elementary school teacher from Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties to receive a free classroom makeover. The credit union provided renovations up to $2,000 per classroom.
“At Addition Financial, we believe that empowering our community begins in the classroom,” said Linh Dang, Addition Financial’s Chief Development Officer. “We are thankful for the hard work dedicated by our local teachers, and are proud to show our support through programs like Renovate to Educate.”
This program, now in its second year, invited teachers to apply for classroom renovations by submitting an essay about their visions of a dream classroom. Winners were selected from Treadway Elementary, Millennia Elementary, St. Cloud Elementary and Altamonte Elementary.
To bring these visions to life, Addition Financial teamed up with Seminole State College’s Interior Design program, hiring paid interns to collaborate with each individual teacher.
“The interior design students at Seminole State College are thrilled to complete their internship with Addition Financial because they get a once-in-a-lifetime experience to make a difference in the lives of elementary school teachers and students,” said Holly Rodwick, professor and program manager of interior design. “They are fortunate to tackle real-world design experiences, like interviewing, field-measuring, working with budgets and meeting deadlines. This is a rewarding experience that the students and the interior design program are excited to be part of every year.”
Addition Financial also worked with other community partners to make these renovations possible. Seminole State alumna Amber Clore, the principal interior designer and owner of AClore Interiors, donated her luxury design expertise to assist the students throughout the project. In addition, Sherwin Williams donated paint, while Empire and BOS both donated furniture for the classrooms.
In Osceola County, St. Cloud Elementary teacher Jill Rissetto was awarded the free classroom makeover.
St. Cloud Elementary teacher Jill Rissetto teaches ESE students in kindergarten through second grade with autism. Her classroom makeover will incorporate a sensory corner to help students develop and engage their senses, while providing a safe space to help students regulate their emotions.